Scheduled to be inaugurated on December 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Driverless Metro in Delhi failed in the test run on Tuesday. Delhi Metro one coach hit a wall during the trial run on the new Magenta Line. This route connects Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden Station in Noida.
The DMRC officials confirm that this was a trial run between Kalkaji Metro Station and Botanical Garden Metro Station. The accident happened near Kalindi Kunj but no injuries were reported as there was no person on the train at the time when the train hits the wall. The target to make it a driverless metro route and Delhi Metrino Project seems to be far away now.
According to the Delhi Metro officials, it was a ‘human error’ which cause this accident to happen. As per the preliminary findings, the accident happened because some staff person forgot to check whether the automatic braking system was active or not, as the system was inactive, it led to the incident. This is a clear case of human negligence.
Delhi Cabinet Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “I have sought a report from DMRC on the derailment of its driverless train during the trial run on Kalkaji-botanical Garden. Shocking lapse! There can be no compromise on passenger safety.”
5 Things you must know about Driverless Metro Train
- In Driverless Metro driving is controlled and monitored automatically, without human assistance. A train attendant can intervene in emergencies. The
automatic driving system takes care of the departure, the movement between two stations, and the automatic and precision stopping of the train and opening of the doors.
- Driverless Metro consumes less energy. The consumption of energy through can be reduced up to 30 percent through automation.
- Driverless Metro enables trains to travel at shorter intervals one after another which can increase the capacity of a metro line up to 50 percent.
- Automated metro lines are more energy-efficient and punctual, and optimize passenger service automatically and in real time.
- The abilities of big transport systems can rarely be expanded to the extent actually necessary in that case. To make it more efficient use of existing infrastructure, existing metro lines are being modernized and increasingly equipped with automatic train control and safety systems.