PM Modi flags off first driverless train on Magenta Line of Delhi Metro
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday flagged off India’s first driverless train on the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. The fully automated driverless train will eliminate the possibility of human error, officials said.
The driverless train services will be available on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden). As per the officials, the services will also be extended to Delhi Metro’s Pink Line by mid-2021.
PM Modi flagged off the train in a virtual function. He said, “The inauguration of the first driverless train indicates how quickly India is moving towards smart systems.”
While recalling that the first metro was started by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2014, he said that the metro services will be extended to more than 25 cities in the country by 2025.
During the function, PM Modi also launched the National Common Mobility Card which is an inter-operable transport facility that allows users to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping, and withdraw money using one card.
The driverless train is equipped with high resolution cameras, real-time train monitoring equipment, remote handling emergency alarm and other high-level techniques.
The high resolution cameras have the capability to sense problems in the railway track. It also informs the control room about the problems in track. At present, it will be controlled by the command centre.