After bringing in a sea change in city’s travel ethos, the Delhi Metro is widening its ambit, literally. The trains that will ply on the proposed Metro lines to be constructed under phase 3 will provide faster, smoother and less snag-hit trips as compared to the trains in the existing fleet.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to run six-coach standard gauge trains on the 104-km phase 3 corridor, right from the start in 2016. The swanky coaches would have better carrying-capacity and improved comfort level, claim Metro officials. They also say the waiting time will decrease, at least by one minute, from existing 2 to 3 minutes.
“New trains will run faster by at least six to eight km per hour than the existing trains. They will also not face frequent glitches,” said HS Anand, director, Rolling Stock, DMRC.
“In the existing six-coach trains, three are powered cars while other three are trailer cars. In the new six-coach trains four cars will be powered. Due to this acceleration of trains will be much higher and noise level will be much lower. The existing trains run at an average speed of 30-32 km per hour, while the new trains will be able to run at an average speed of 36 km per hour with much lesser chances of being caught with technical fault,” he said.
Halting of trains between two stations due to a technical fault that has become almost a regular feature of the existing trains will be a matter of past. “Even if a train is hit by a snag, it would not stop between two stations. This will help reduce bunching of trains on tracks of high frequency corridors,” Anand added.