A simulator, costing Rs10 crore, which will replicate various environment conditions and emergency situations, will be used to train drivers of the city’s first Metro system.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which is building the first Metro line, on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route, has purchased the simulator, to train the 56 drivers, for the 15 trains on this route.
The device has been placed at the Metro’s control centre at DN Nagar, Andheri.
The simulator cab is similar to the actual train in the size, design and structure.
It is equipped with driving equipment, indications, fault alarms displays, and operating control functions that are available in the real trains.
"The simulator training is intended to train the operators to understand the structure and the principle of operating the Metro trains, before they drive the actual train," a senior MMOPL official said.
The simulator can be programmed to replicate close to 100 operating conditions and scenarios. These include different environment conditions like rain, sun, night and dark It can also replicate obstacles and emergency situations that the driver could experience, like the appearance of another vehicle or person on the tracks.
The simulator will also have a CCTV camera to capture the actions and reactions of the trainee, when faced with different situations.
The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line is expected to be fully operational by December 2012. It is nearly 21 months behind schedule.
At present, 20 drivers recruited by MMOPL are undergoing training in China, to learn how to operate these trains. These drivers, on their return, will train the remaining Metro drivers. Around 150-200 drivers will need to be recruited, for the first three metro lines.