Fu­ture Metro

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Delhi metro trains will soon be­come driver­less. The sys­tem will op­er­ate through Con­tin­u­ous Au­to­matic Train Con­trol which mon­i­tors the train speed, lo­ca­tion, in­stan­ta­neous brak­ing and door op­er­a­tion with min­i­mum in­ter­fer­ence of hu­man train op­er­a­tors. The sys­tem has been pitched for Delhi metro by a French com­pany for $16 bil­lion. The CACT sys­tem is also used for the world’s long­est au­to­mated trains in Dubai for 77.6 km. This is be­ing in­tro­duced on two lines. The in­stal­la­tion of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Based Train Con­trol (CBTC) tech­nol­ogy will de­crease the in­ter­val to 90 sec­onds be­tween the Mukund­pur-Shiv Vi­har cor­ri­dor which is 58 km long and the 34 km long Janakpuri Botan­i­cal Gar­den cor­ri­dor. The two cor­ri­dors will also have an up­graded sig­nal­ing sys­tem.

The sys­tem will have 68 sta­tions with Plat­form Screen Doors. The trains would be 10% more en­ergy ef­fi­cient us­ing en­ergy re­gen­er­a­tion sys­tems of brakes and LED light­ing sub­sys­tems.

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