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How the driverless Delhi Metro journey will be a world-class treat

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2016 14:02 IST
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Delhi first driverless metro trains at Mukandpur DMRC Depot .(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

In a major push towards automation, Delhi Metro trains will soon go driverless as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is launching new swanky ‘driverless trains’ that will accommodate passengers end to end.

The trial runs will start in July but driverless operations will start in 2017. The trains have been acquired from a Korea-based firm and are being assembled in India.

A closer look at the new driverless Delhi Metro trains, which are may offer the passengers on a world-class treat:

(Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)


  • The trains will be controlled from a control room and operations will be automated. Initially, they will be run by operators and trials for unattended operations will be held
  • Two-way communication between operation control centre (OCC) and train
  • Live streaming from inside car CCTV system to operation control centre
  • Obstruction deflection device to remove small obstructions on track to avoid derailment
  • Two front-facing cameras to keep a tab on the tracks and prevent suicides
  • The new trains will operate on the upcoming line 7 (Pink line: Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) and 8 (Magenta: Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden) of Phase 3. The trial run is likely to start in July.


  • BY JULY 2016
  • Botanical Garden to Kalkaji - 13.5km
  • Terminal 1 IGI Airport to Janakpuri (West) - 9.86km
  • ITO to Kashmere Gate - 5.00km
  • BY SEPT 2016
  • Terminal 1 IGI Airport to Kalkaji - 14.87km
  • Indraprastha Extension to Shiv Vihar - 14.00km
  • BY OCT 2016
  • Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar - 19.00km
  • BY DEC 2016
  • Lajpat Nagar to Indraprastha Extension - 15.00km
  • With new colour-coded seats and change in design, the capacity of six-coach trains has been increased to 1,866 from 1,780 people per train.


  • Six coaches with coloured seats in each train
  • Seats of first and last coach, dedicated for women, will be pink
  • Reserved seats darker in colour. If seat colour is blue, colour of two reserved seats will be dark blue
  • Strap outside coach based on colour of line. For example, in phase 3, line 7 is pink and line 8 is magenta
  • (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo )

    The Delhi Metro’s latest update will be both more efficient as well as cost effective. Here are all the features of the upgrade:

    How are they better

  • MORE CAPACITY 60 additional passengers to be accommodated once driver’s cabin is removed
  • FASTER 10% increase in speed
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT 20% lower energy consumption
  • WIDER COACHES 3.2m wide coaches against the existing 2.9m
  • MORE SPACE Equipment placed beneath the seats to release additional space (2.0 sqm) for 12 more passengers
  • STAY CONNECTED Wi-Fi facility
  • DIGITAL ROUTE MAP - 37 inch LED type, fully programmable with dynamic change of split screens. Also LCD screens with videos, graphics, animations, real-time video streaming
  • BREATHE BETTER Improved air circulation
  • MORE POWER TO YOU Charging points + USB port facility
  • CONVENIENCE Lumbar support, backrest near wheelchair area, with redesigned grab rail/pole layout
  • BETTER DESIGN Improved floor design with high density ceramic wool insulation
  • QUIETER Wheels with noise dampers
  • Delhi first driverless metro trains at Mukandpur DMRC Depot . (Hindustan Times)

    With this, Delhi will soon be among those few cities of the world with driverless Metro trains. Driverless train systems in other cities are:

    Copenhagen Metro

    Rome Metro Line C

    Milan Metro Line 5

    Paris Metro Line 1

    SkyTrain in Vancouver

    Lima Metro Line 2

    Dubai Metro

    Ankara Metro