DMRC signs MoU with BEL to develop indigenous Communication Based Train Control (i-CBTC) System

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop an indigenous Communication Based Train Control system (i-CBTC).

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  • With this partnership, DMRC and BEL are set to usher in a new era of rail transportation in India, driving innovation, reducing costs, and fostering self-reliance in the field of train control signalling systems.
  • In a ceremony attended by Shri Arun Kumar, Advisor/S&T/Co-ordination of DMRC, and Shri Manoj Jain, Director (R&D) of BEL, exchanged the MOU in the presence of Dr. Vikas Kumar, Managing Director, DMRC, Shri B.P. Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BEL and other senior officials.

  • This groundbreaking partnership is aligned with the ‘Make in India’ initiative, championed by the Government of India under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
  • The i-CBTC project signifies a significant leap forward for the Delhi Metro. By embracing this cutting-edge Communication-Based Train Control System (CBTC), which is widely adopted by leading metros worldwide, DMRC aims to optimise train operations, increase frequency, and enhance passenger services while efficiently utilising rail infrastructure.
  • Already showcasing its commitment to innovation, DMRC deployed the indigenous Automatic Train Supervision System (i-ATS) on the Red Line earlier this year, tailored to Indian conditions.
  • The development of i-CBTC is meant to be a monumental stride towards self-reliance in Metro Signalling & Train Control Systems, reducing dependence on foreign vendors and fostering indigenization and standardisation.

  • This endeavour is driven by a dedicated team of 50 engineers from DMRC and BEL, well-versed in Signalling Technology, Software Development, Hardware Development, Safety Processes, RAMS, Testing, and more.
  • The team has commenced work at the i-CBTC lab of DMRC and will soon develop and deploy the Prototype i-CBTC Product on a designated test track within the DMRC network.

Source: DMRC- Press Release | Images Credit: DMRC