Delhi Metro to Soon Have Driverless Trains Along With Phase 3 (Magenta & Pink Line)

Lakhs of people travel in Delhi metro every day. The Delhi metro has come up with a surprise for its commuters. Delhi Metro’s first driverless trains are set to start operations in just over three months i.e by end of October this year. The first line to operate with Automatic Train Operation (ATO) in the world was London Underground’s Victoria line, which opened in 1967 and now it is coming to India.

The Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden will be the first to roll out the driverless trains from October 2017. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said that the Magenta Line is going to be thrown partially open to the public in October this year, as this missed its June and September deadline too.

Delhi Metro Driverless trains

Delhi is all set to get driverless metro trains from October. The Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden will be the first to roll out the driverless trains from October 2017.  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said that the Magenta line will be thrown partially open to the public in October this year.

Phase 3 of Delhi Metro – Magenta Line

The two sections of the corridor of phase III, between Janakpuri West to Terminal 1 – IGI Airport Metro station (10 km) and Kalkaji and Botanical Garden (13 km) are under trial run. Both sections are yet to be inspected by Metro Railway Safety Commissioner. After successful signalling trials, it will be up for inspection. The sections will be opened to the public after all the clearances. It is planned by DMRC to complete the phase -III expansion of its network with the commissioning of Pink Line (Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) by March 2018 .

Pink Line Longest Metro Route

The pink line will be longest metro route of Delhi covering 58km. At initial stage the metro will cover 5 stations out of total 38 stations. The five stations covered at initial stage would be as follows:-

  • Punjabi Bagh West
  • ESI Hospital
  • Shakurpur
  • Rajouri Garden
  • Mayapuri

The pink line will have new signalling technology i.e. Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC). This technology will help in better coordination between the trains coming from different directions, which would intern help in increasing the frequency.

Initially, the Delhi Metro driverless trains will be operated with drivers but DMRC will shift slowly to unattended train operation (UTO) mode. The highly automated driverless trains will run on the unattended train operation (UTO) mode. DMRC officials said that the plan is to make the trains heavily automated with little or no physical intervention but they will be monitored frequently.

Trial Runs of Delhi Metro Driverless trains

DMRC is not taking any chances and rigorous trials are being carried out, as the corridor will witness the first operations of Delhi metro driver-less trains. Last week, the first trial run was done on the Pink Line between the Shakurpur and Mayapuri Metro stations. Initially, Delhi metro Driver-less trains will be operated on the Magenta and Pink Lines. Trial runs have been in progress since August 2016 on the Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta Line.

Later there was trial run on the Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir section. It will also bring many south Delhi areas on the metro map. At present, metro commuters have to change trains at Rajiv Chowk and at Central Secretariat to travel between Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad. Magenta Line will cut the travel time between Gurugram, Noida and Faridabad.

The October inauguration of Delhi Metro Driverless trains will only allow public access partially, but the Delhi Metro authorities plan to complete the expansion of Phase III by March 2018. That will see the commissioning of not only the Magenta Line but the Pink Line too. Delhi is geared up to travel on first ever ‘driverless metro’ from October 2017.


Vanshika Bansal

Vanshika is the so-called Chandigarh girl pursuing BBA at University of the Fraser Valley in Canada. She is dedicated, passionate about work and believes in 3 major things - hard work, herself and her dreams. You can write to her at
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