The year 2016 saw the Delhi Metro make steady progress in its Phase III expansion project even though no new sections were opened to the public.
Apart from the DMRC trying to complete Phase III corridors, several of which faced delays due to difficulty in acquiring land, one of the major highlights this year has been the trial runs of ‘driverless’ trains.
Metro trains enabled with the Unattended Train Operation (UTO) mode, India’s first, were tried out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in May.
The inaugural train moved out from the Mukundpur depot and travelled up to the Majlis Park Metro station of the Majlis Park–Shiv Vihar Metro corridor of Phase III (Pink Line).
The DMRC said that the sophisticated trains are equipped to eventually support driverless operations.
The DMRC also started trial runs on other under-construction sections such as ITO–Kashmere Gate stretch (5.17km of the Violet Line), and the Botanical Garden–Kalkaji Mandir (13km) and Janakpuri West–Terminal 1 of IGI Airport (10km) stretches of the Magenta Line.
To expedite the process of commencing trials on the Janakpuri West–Terminal 1 section, an entire six coach train was lowered onto the tracks near the Sadar Bazar Cantonment station using cranes and trailers. The process required absolute precision to avoid physical damage to the trains or the civil structure, said the DMRC. More info