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Kalindi Kunj-Okhla Metro trial begins

DMRC extended test runs on the upcoming Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor on Magenta line

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2016 20:26 IST
Abhinav Rajput
Regular trials will be conducted on the 9.5km stretch from Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji Mandir.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

In June, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)began test runs on the upcoming Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor on the magenta line. On Thursday, the agency extended the trials and conducted a test run between Kalindi Kunj and Okhla Vihar stations. The agency will now conduct tests on the entire 9.5km stretch from Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji Mandir. Sources in DMRC said the line is expected to start for commuters by October.

Driverless trains

Delhi Metro officials said that unattended train operations (UTO) enabled trains will operate on this corridor. The new trains, with high levels of automation, will now undergo rigorous trials between these stations to ensure that these are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the corridor. “Initially, operators will run the trains, but gradually driverless operations (on the UTO mode) will be possible,” said a senior DMRC official.

Infrastructure checks

During these trials, the interface of the trains will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track. Also, testing of various subsystems of coaches will be done during the trials.

Afterwards, in stages, the new signal technology will be implemented on this corridor. Officials said Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will also undergo rigorous testing on the corridor. The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behaviour of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly.

Connects South Delhi

The Metro line, from Kalindi Kunj till Kalkaji Mandir will have seven elevated stations — Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji Mandir. Work on all stations is complete and finishing touches are being given. The trial runs will be later expanded to the other parts of corridor.

A depot has been constructed in Kalindi Kunj, which will cater to the trains on this corridor. This depot boast of unique design as its stabling sheds will be elevated on a separate deck, which will be covered by solar panels.

Delhi Metro is progressing towards the completion of civil work on all its corridors. Trial runs also began on the ITO-Kashmere Gate section recently.

Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson, said, “In June, trial runs began between Kalindi Kunj and Okhla Vihar stations. With the latest test run on this section, we are now covering a 9.5km stretch from Kalindi Kunj to Kalkaji Mandir.”