The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to start driverless train operations on Pink and Magenta lines by next year. From May 2020, Driverless Train Operations (DTO) will be operationalised on Pink line running between Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar and Magenta line between Botanical Garden and Janakpuri West.
- A state-of-the-art system known as Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) will switch to unattended train operations (UTO).
- The technology to be inducted will be more efficient.
- It will allow safer train operations as compared to older metro corridors.
- Also, it will lower the minimum distance between two trains, increasing the frequency of the trains.
- An official said that the new technology is to be operationalised on the Pink and Magenta lines in a phased manner.
- Presently, the Delhi Metro network consists of about 373 Km with 271 stations.
- The network has now crossed the boundaries of Delhi to reach NOIDA and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Ballabhgarh in Haryana.
- With the opening of the Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar and Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden Sections, new age trains equipped with the Unattended Train Operation (UTO) technology have been introduced.
- These trains operate with the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling technology which facilitate movement of trains in very short frequencies.
- The DMRC today has over 300 train sets of four, six and eight coaches.