A train without a driver begins its trial from Botanical Garden Metro Station to Kalkaji Metro Station. 22nd December saw people from the media take this journey across the 12.64 km track in just 20 minutes, without halt at any in-between station.
The Magenta Line Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 and will begin catering to the general public on the same day 5pm onwards.
This corridor would make it possible for commuters to travel from Noida to Kalkaji Mandir in just 33 minutes. They can change trains from Botanical Garden, instead of travelling all the way to Mandi House for the same. Another highlight is that the fare of Rs 50 that commuters pay now for the journey, will be reduced to Rs 30, since the Mandi House deviation is ignored.
This new train à la mode on the Magenta Line is more hi-tech as compared to the earlier versions in the metro convoy as it flaunts new features like more commodious seats in brighter colors, LCD information display systems, USB charging points and multi-handle hand rails among others.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday assured the passengers that the incident at Kalindi Kunj depot in which the train had barged into a wall, was caused by human fault and it cannot happen when the trains run on the highly automated main line. Also, when the incident occurred, the safety features of the train had been deactivated. This was confirmed by Anuj Dayal, Executive Director (Corporate Communications), DMRC.
The corporation stated that the new trains are equipped with four levels of brakes, including electrical, pneumatic and parking brakes. This rules out the possibility of an incident like the one at Kalindi Kunj, on the main line.