With the arrival of 'driverless' trains, Mumbai metro gears up for an upgrade

Mumbai's 'driverless' metro project is 20% more economical than its international counterparts.

Mumbai's local travel system is all set for an upgrade, with new driverless metro trains. Mumbai's Charkop Metro Carshed will receive these self-regulating trains on January 27.

The Urban Development Minister of Maharashtra announced that the city is all set to get its first set of natively developed driverless metro trains from Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bengaluru. He also added that the self-mechanized train would function along the two new metro routes from May this year, after all initial tests are conducted.

Mumbai's project 20% more economical than its international counterparts


"This will be a driverless Metro train, running automatically. But, in order not to panic or make passengers feel unsafe, for around six months initially, they will be operated by a motorman. The trains will have a max speed limit of 80kmph," informed the Minister. The innovative trains will operate on Metro route 2A connecting Dahisar to DN Nagar and Metro route 7 linking Dahisar to Andheri East. The latest intervention would take place 11 years after the country's financial capital got its first 11Km long metro line.

The Urban Development Minister stated the construction of the new metro lines has expedited and the project is in the final stages of implementation by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The BEML will produce around 390 coaches, consisting of 65 rakes with 6 coaches each for the proposed 340-km long Mumbai Metro network. The cost of the 'driverless' metro project stands at ₹ Rs 3,015 crore - which makes it 20 percent more economical than the similar ones executed internationally. Each coach will have a seating capacity of 52 individuals and the total capacity of each train is around 2,280 passengers. While 6 rakes will be delivered in the next six months, the rest shall follow over the coming three years.

Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology


The Minister also assessed the latest world-class technology and provisions for passenger safety and security in addition to the amenities offered in each train. The trains have state-of-the-art technology like VVVF, Train Control and Management System for speed control and safety, the optical fibre in each coach for Internet, and coaches designed with an aim to conserve energy and switch to alternative non-conventional energy in case of power disruption. All trains are air-conditioned with automatic doors, passenger announcement and information system, anti-skid floor to prevent slipping, fire-fighting, CCTVs in train and on platforms, an emergency help button, etc.

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