Last week on Monday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) silently welcomed its first new Hyundai Rotem train at the 38.235 km Magenta line’s Kalindi Kunj Depot! This train is part of a 81 train-set (486 coach) order which the DMRC had placed in 2013 under contract RS10 for running services on the new Pink & Magenta lines of the Phase 3 project.
The 58.596 km Pink Line’s Mukundpur Depot received its first train in June 2015 and earlier this month, the DMRC showcased its fleet of trains to the local media. See a bunch of beautiful images from both inside & outside here: 15 Brilliant New Images of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line Trains.
As mentioned previously, as per the agreement between Hyundai Rotem & BEML, the initial 20 train-sets (120 coaches) were manufactured & delivered from Changwon, South Korea while the remaining 61 train-sets (366 coaches) are currently being manufactured (see pics) at BEML’s plant in Bangalore with Hyundai Rotem’s assistance. Just like the Hyderabad metro’s Hyundai Rotem trains, these new trains can also be operated without an operator and have been referred to as driverless all over social media, but an operator will be present for emergency situations at least for the first few years after which the trains will run unattended on the UTO (unattended train operation) mode.
Satellite view of the Kalindi Kunj Depot:
Before entering the stabling shed, a couple of customary coconuts were broken to welcome the train to its new home. See a video of that here. 🙂
For a full list of these trains’ new features & measures taken to add comfort, see: 15 Brilliant New Images of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line Trains
As far as operations go, the DMRC recently claimed that trial runs on the Kalkaji – Botanical Gardens section of this line will begin in July, but that will not be possible as critical civil construction works are still pending in Noida. See more details and supporting images here: Can DMRC Really Start Trials Between Kalkaji & Botanical Garden in July?
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