Delhi Metro (indicative picture).
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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken another major initiative towards starting services on three corridors of Phase-IV. Under this, a contract was signed for the purchase of 312 coaches for 52 metros. The new coaches will be used on Majlis Park-Maujpur, Janakpuri West-RK Ashram and Tughlakabad-Aerocity.
The special thing is that on all the three corridors the metro will run without a driver (driverless). All coaches will be manufactured at the Chennai plant. This will give a boost to the Make in India initiative of the Government of India. The agreement was signed by Om Hari Pandey, Director (Electrical), DMRC, and Olivier Loisen, MD, Alstom Transport India Limited. Construction is being done on 65.20 km in all the three corridors. These include expansion of the Magenta and Pink Line Metro as well as the Tughlakabad-Aerocity corridor.
The target is to start metro services by September, 2025 between 46 metro stations on the three corridors. Delhi Metro has a total of 286 metro stations (including the Noida-Greater Noida corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurugram) in its 391 km network. Presently there is a fleet of about 350 metros comprising of four, six and eight coaches on both broad gauge and standard gauge.
Make in India will get a boost
Driverless Metro will run on all the three corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV. For this, technical changes are also being made in the existing system. Driverless operations were started on the Magenta Line in December 2020. After this, driverless services have also been started on Pink Line. The coaches being procured for the new corridor for the driverless metro operations will be manufactured at Alstom India’s Sricity plant near Chennai.
Out of 312 coaches, 234 coaches will be purchased for Pink Line and Magenta Line. Of these, 234 will be standard gauge coaches, while 78 standard gauge coaches will be purchased for the Tughlakabad-Aerocity corridor. Delhi Metro’s efforts to provide world-class services to commuters will give a boost to the Make in India initiative of the Central Government.
Maximum 24 Metro will be on Magenta Line extension
- Janakpuri West-RK Ashram Marg extension of Magenta Line to have 144 new coaches (24 Metro)
- There will be 90 coaches (15 metro) for Mukundpur-Maujpur of Pink Line
- 78 new coaches will be purchased for 13 metro on the Silver Line corridor being built between Aerocity to Tughlakabad.