Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate India’s first-ever driverless train operations on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line connecting Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden, along with launching the fully operational National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) services on the Airport Express Line.
As stated by the the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the inauguration will take place on December 28, 2020 at 11 AM via video conferencing.
“These innovations will herald a new era of travelling, comfort and enhanced mobility for Delhi-NCR residents. With the commencement of driverless trains on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, DMRC will enter the elite league of 7% of world’s Metro networks, which can operate without drivers, DMRC statement read.
The driverless trains will be fully automated, which will eliminate the possibility of human error. Delhi Metro has been a pioneer in introducing technology-driven solutions for passenger comfort and this is another step in the same direction, DMRC said.
After the start of driverless services on the Magenta Line, the Pink Line of Delhi Metro is expected to have driverless operations by the mid of 2021.
What Is National Common Mobility Card
Apart from this, the Delhi Metro on Monday will also begin the use of the National Common Mobility Card, on the Airport Express Line.
The National Common Mobility Card, which will be fully operationalised on the Airport Express Line, will enable anyone carrying a RuPay-Debit Card issued from any part of the country to travel on the Airport Express Line using that card. This facility will become available on the entire Delhi Metro network by 2022.