CMRS to Inspect Delhi Metro Pink Line for Driverless Ops on Nov 16

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) on November 16 morning will inspect Delhi Metro’s 58.596 Pink Line (Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) for starting unattended train operations (UTO) locally known as “driverless” operations.

India’s Prime Minister had flagged off similar services on the Phase 3 project’s 38.235 km Magenta Line in December 2020 with Nippon Signal’s SPARCS communications-based train control (CBTC) solution.

After the Pink Line’s 1.38 km Trilokpuri section finally opened up in August, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Bombardier Transportation (signaling vendor) and SYSTRA MVA (RS10’s UTO Consultant) started working on deploying a similar driverless train operation plan.

Inspection Schedule

The inspection will last 5 hours with a train moving from Majlis Park to Maujpur and back through 38 metro stations. Side-note: I love how they’ve incorporated two chai sessions.

The Pink Line’s Hyundai Rotem – BEML trains are designed to support UTO with a grade of automation (GoA) level 4, but the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had until now been operating them semi-automatically at GoA 2, like all other lines (barring Magenta Line) on the 349 km network. This involves a train operator performing crucial activities such as monitoring trackside conditions and triggering door closure and train departure.

Grades of Automation explained – via UITP

Even after going “driverless”, I’m expecting a train operator (roving attendant) to still be present within the train in case of emergencies or other types of failures. DMRC hasn’t revealed their game plan yet, but if that’s the case then operations would be at GoA3 and not truly UTO at GoA4 (see illustration above).

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5 Responses to "CMRS to Inspect Delhi Metro Pink Line for Driverless Ops on Nov 16"

  1. Aditya says:

    Raat bhar inspection karna hai to chai to zaruri hai.. 😀

  2. Rupraj Sengupta says:

    Chai pe charcha I love ❤ it

  3. Abhishek says:

    Any plans to start UTO operations on grey line considering they have the same rolling stock.

  4. Kanishka says:

    Chai, biskut and c*utiagiri…the epitome of Indian Babudom!!

    When will these buffoons learn to act/behave professionally? Will they ever?


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