The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to introduce the new driverless metro trains in the national capital. The work on the section between Noida and Kalkaji will complete in May.
After the completion of the work, the inspection process takes a month. So, by June the new lines can be opened to the public. The new metro trains will run on two lines. Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar and Botanical Garden-Janakpuri west. The total distance covered in 96km.
Delhi Metro has also ordered 86 new trains which will run exclusively on the two new lines. The new trains are equipped with several unique features setting it apart from the rest of the trains.
The new trains feature high level of automation and had to undergo rigorous testing between the stations. In the initial phase, the train operators will run the trains, but gradually the trains will run without drivers.
A DMRC official said, "Since the signalling system and trains are new, we need at least six months of trial run. The mandatory tenure is completed for the Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section and after opening the Heritage Line (ITO-Kashmere Gate), we will start the process for this section."
During the testing of new trains, the interface was checked to make sure that no there was no physical interference with civil infrastructure. The various subsystem of coaches was also tested during the trial run.