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Delhi Metro got its first driver-less train

Jun 5, 2015 09:00 IST

Delhi Metro on 4 June 2015 received its first driver-less train from Korea-based manufacturer. The train is equipped with several advanced features and will be operational on sections of Phase-III of the network, set to be operational by December 2016.

Features of these trains
• Manufactured at Changwan in South Korea, the new train has undergone significant technological as well as eco-friendly upgrades. Many additional features have been added to increase passenger comfort.
• The train will be more energy efficient because of improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub systems like LED lighting and air conditioning systems.
• The train is are designed for a maximum speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph
• Due to the absence of cabin for the operator, these train will be able to accommodate 2280 passengers, which is 240 more than the regular six-coach Metro train

This six-coach train was ferried to India by sea to Gujarat’s Mundhra port and then was brought to Delhi by road on specially made trailers.

These trains would run on the over 58 km-long Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar and the over 38 km-long Janakpuri (West)-Botanical Garden corridors of the Phase-III.

According to DMRC, a total of 20 such train sets of Hyundai Rotem will be manufactured in South Korea’s Changwan by the end of 2015 while the remaining 61 are being manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) plant in Bengaluru.

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