Delhi Metro tests new driverless trains


For the past month, Delhi Metro has been quietly testing trains at its Mukundpur depot in the northern part of the city. Earmarked to be deployed on the two new corridors coming up in phase III, what makes these trains unique is that there’s no driver to operate them.

“The trains procured for phase III are driverless trains, which will initially have staff deputed for operation but gradually, they will be withdrawn to move to unattended train operation,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesman for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), reports The Times of India.

The testing started in December last year when the first set of five trains arrived at Mukundpur depot from South Korea. Another three are expected to reach Delhi by February this year. “The trains are under commissioning, that is, testing and integration with signalling system, electrical fittings, etc are going on,” added Dayal. Interestingly, besides these made-in Korea trains, a desi-built train on the same specifications also arrived in the depot last December. This train though, has been manufactured in Bengaluru, said Dayal.


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