Delhi Metro’s and India's first-ever driverless train operations will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The inauguration will take place via video conferencing at 11am, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement on Sunday.
“These innovations are going to herald a new era of travelling, comfort and enhanced mobility for Delhi-NCR residents. With the commencement of driverless trains on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, DMRC will enter the elite league of 7% of world’s Metro networks, which can operate without drivers,” the statement read.
After the Magenta Line, the DMRC is also looking at introducing the same technology on the Pink Line corridor by mid-2021.
“The driverless trains will be fully automated, which will require minimum human intervention and will eliminate the possibilities of human errors. Delhi Metro has been a pioneer in introducing technology driven solutions for passenger comfort and this is another step in the same direction,” the Delhi Metro said in the statement.
The prime minister will also be launching the fully operational National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) services on the Airport Express Line that runs from New Delhi to Dwarka Sector 21 on Monday.
The inter-operable transport card enables passengers to pay multiple kinds of transport charges along with paying for their retail shopping and parking charges. Passengers can also swipe their RuPay -debit card issued in the last 18 months by 23 banks for their Metro travel.