First Driverless Train In India
On December 25th 2017, a metro rail line was launched in delhi called the Magenta Line, which is the first driverless metro in India. The magenta line consists of 35 stations fom Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden. It has 10 elevated stations and 15 underground stations. One of the best features of this line is that it will have indias first driverless trains, The Magenta line uses a new signaling technology which allows unattended train operations, thus enabling trains to be operated without the help of drivers.
This new-age signalling system can facilitate movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds, this has made travel faster between two points, for example: -The direct ride on the Magenta Line from Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden takes 19 minutes compared to travelling through Blue and Violet Lines between the old stationswhich take 52 minutes. These new trains of Delhi Metro have undergone significant technological as well as eco-friendly upgrades and many additional features have been added to increase passenger comfort, Features like every station now has Wi-Fi connectivity, trains offering more space for those using wheelchairs, charging points that are USB compatible, LCD screens displaying videos, vibrant colored seats and a host of other new features.These trains will be more energy-efficient than the earlier trains with Delhi Metro because of improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub-systems like LED lighting and air-conditioning, the DMRC said.
These trains will have platform screen doors and most of the equipment was moved under the train, so that the passenger get more space. These trains can accommodate more people than before, they have also increased the handle rails so that the passengers get better grip and have added lumbar support for back support for those who are standing. These trains are filled with vibrant and colorful seats, the women’s coach have pink seats while the general compartments have orange and blue seats. DMRC has said that 10 trains will operate on the new line while 2 will be on the reserve, this number will surely increase in the coming days.
The trains will operate with the frequency of 5 minutes and 14 seconds for each train, which means a train will arrive at the station in every 5 minutes. The second was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 28 May 2018.The remaining section of the line became functional and opened for public use from 29 May 2018. There are a number of plans to extend this line, the Magenta Line will have a new depot at Mangolpuri. Under this phase, the line will be further extended from Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, providing an interchange for Blue Line and improving connectivity in the northern parts of Delhi. Work is slated to begin in 2019 and has a deadline of 2023-24.