Delhi Metro is all set to unveil its brand new, more efficient and faster more spacious and energy-efficient metro trains in the coming year.
Bhel (Bharat Heavy Industries Limited) and Japan-based Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), are in talks for forming a joint venture to make locomotives and steel coaches for metro trains in India. If the two firms join hands, Bhel's Bhopal unit will be able to raise its turnover by Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore, a well-placed source in the public sector company told an English Daily.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has ordered 86 six-coach trains from a Korea-based manufacturer to be used on the new Pink (Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar) and Magenta (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri west) lines. Eventually, after trials, they will be run on automated mode without a driver.
The new metro trains will be seen on two routes. The first one being Magenta Line and the other being the Pink Line. While the former (Magenta line) connects Botanical Garden and Janakpuri West, the later (Pink Line) connects Mukundpur and Shiv Vihar. However, according to DMRC, it would not be possible to integrate the trains with the existing ones. These are state-of-the-art trains and are driverless. Aside from this, the trains will have several other new features. Check them all out:
1. Driver-less trains
The trains have a mode which enables them to run unattended. However, the mode would be put under trail for an year or so but eventually, the trains will go completely unattended.
2. More spacious
The coaches in the new Korean trains are wider than the existing ones and the technical equipments too have been moved under the seat increasing the carrying capacity of the train from 1780 to 1866 per train, according to an English Daily.
The new trains will be 10% faster than the existing ones. Moreover, since the distance between two trains can be less, the trains would be able to run at the frequency of 90 seconds as against the current frequency of two minutes and 10 seconds.
4. Digital Screens
All the coaches in the new metro trains will have programmable LCD screens which will be used for playing advertisements and flashing route maps.
5. Energy Efficient
The new metro trains will be designed in such a manner that will have lower energy consumption by 20% with the help of the new technologies such as LED saloon lights, automatic dimming facility based on ambient light and energy efficient air conditioning system controlled by inverter.
6. USP of new metro trains
In addition to this, the metros will have coloured seats, wifi connectivity, USB ports and backrest support for wheelchair users.