New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off country's first ever driverless train on December 28. The news came after Executive Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Anuj Dayal announced it recently. Along with inaugurating the fully automated train on the 37-kilometre long Magenta Line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden), the PM will also launch the fully operational National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) for travel on the 23-km Airport Express Line.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be flagging off the country's first ever fully-automated driverless train service on the 37 km-Magenta Line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden) and will also be launching the fully operational National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) for travel on the 23-km Airport Express Line (New Delhi to Dwarka Sector 21) on December 28, 2020," the DMRC said in a statement.
According to reports, pre-launching tasks to ensure smooth running of the flag-off event are already undertaken at the Delhi Metro. High-resolution cameras to detect faults on the tracks, real-time monitoring of train equipments, remote handling of emergency alarms and a graded removal of drivers' cabins are all being taken care of by the authorities. Notably, the commercial running of the driverlesss train is also slated to begin after the event the very same day. A senior DMRC official revealed that the flag-off event of Delhi Metro along with the launching of the NCMC will take place through videoconferencing. "After the launch, it will be the first time when commuters will be able to use the NCMC on any corridor of the Delhi Metro," he added.
In March last year, Prime Minister Modi launched the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card so that people can make payments for different modes of travel such as bus, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money. Dubbed as 'One Nation One Card', the inter-operable transport card that allows holders to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including using metro and bus services across the country, toll, parking and even for retail shopping and withdrawing money.