Today Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi launched India’s first driver-less train on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line. He also launched the National Common Mobility Card, an inter-operable transport facility that allows users to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping, and withdraw money using one card.
The driver-less trains will be fully automated, eliminating the possibility of human error. The service will be available on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line which connects Janakpuri West in West Delhi to Botanical Garden in Noida. This will be extended to Delhi Metro’s Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) by mid-2021.
Inauguration of the first driver-less metro train shows how fast India is moving towards smart systems Prime Minister Modi said inaugurating the ground-breaking project today during a virtual function. The first metro in the country was started with the efforts of Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) Ji. When our government was formed in 2014, only five cities had metro services and today 18 cities have metro rail service. By 2025, we will take this service to more than 25 cities.
It must be noted, however, that India’s first Metro service began operations in 1984 in Kolkata when Indira Gandhi was the country’s Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Modi also said that in 2014, only 248 kilometres of Metro lines were operational in the country, while today it was about three times more than; by 2025, he said, the government was trying to expand it to 1700 kilometres.
With these new trains, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will enter the elite league of 7 per cent of the world’s Metro networks that can operate without drivers, according to an official release.