Delhi Metro today rolled out its new fleet of broad gauge trains, which are more faster and swankier than the present ones.
The trains procured from German-based Bombardier were inducted into service by DMRC chief E Sreedharan at the Central Secretariat station. The new trains promise to make the journey more comfortable for the commuters.
The first train will run on the Central Secretariat- Jehangirpuri underground line. After inducting the train into service, Sreedharan also took a ride on the train.
The acquisition of the tain is part of Rs 2,984 crore deal with Bombardier under which DMRC will procure 83 broad gauge trains by 2011.
Some of the facilities of the new trains are a high capacity air-conditioning system, heat and humidity control system, sockets for charging mobile phones and laptops and CCTVs to keep a watch on passengers' misconduct.
The first train hit the tracks today after the Commissioner of Railway Safety gave the nod for starting the services.
The maximum operational speed of the new trains will be 85 km per hour while the existing ones can increase the speed up to 80 km per hour.
The new high capacity air-conditioning system can maintain a temperature of 25 degree Celsius inside the train when fully loaded at a time when the outside temperature is 44 degree Celsius.