Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday 28 December, announced that metro train services will be expanded to over 25 cities across the country by 2025 while inaugurating India’s first-ever driverless train operations on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line.
“Make In India is very important for the expansion of metro services. It reduces cost, saves foreign currency and provides more employment to people,” he added.
“The first metro in the country was started with the efforts of Atal Ji. When our government was formed in 2014, only five cities had metro services and today 18 cities have metro rail service. By 2025, we will take this service to more than 25 cities,” said PM Modi.
Today, four big companies are manufacturing metro coaches in the country and dozens of companies are engaged in the manufacture of metro components. This is helping Make in India as well as the campaign for self-reliant India, the Prime Minister stated.
The Prime Minister inaugurated India’s first-ever driverless train on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line and launched National Common Mobility Card on the Airport Express Line today, via video conferencing.
The driverless trains will be fully automated, which will eliminate the possibility of human error, the government has said, adding that after the start of driverless services on the Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden), the Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) of Delhi Metro is expected to have driverless operations by mid-2021.
“We noted that the expansion of the metro, modern modes of transport should be used according to the needs of the people of the city and the professional lifestyle there,” the PM added.
This is the reason why work is being done on different types of metro rails in different cities, he said.
“Delhi-Meerut RRTS will reduce the distance of Delhi and Meerut to less than an hour. MetroLight – In cities where passenger numbers are less, work is being done on MetroLite version. It is prepared at 40 per cent cost of the normal metro,” said PM Modi.
“Work is also being done on Metro Neo in the cities where the ridership is less. It is built at the cost of 25 per cent of the normal metro. Similarly, water metro – this is also an example of out of the box thinking,” he added.
“We are also using a braking system in which 50 per cent of the energy goes back into the grid when the brakes are applied. Today 130 MW of solar power is being used in metro rail, which will be increased to 600 MW,” said PM Modi.
“Providing the same standards and facilities for modernisation is very important. The Common Mobility Card at the national level is a major step in this direction. Wherever you travel, whichever public transport you travel, this one card will give you integrated access,” he added.
The Prime Minister’s Office has said that these innovations would herald a new era of travelling comfort and enhanced mobility.
The National Common Mobility Card, which will be fully operationalized on the Airport Express Line, will enable anyone carrying a RuPay-Debit Card issued from any part of the country to travel on the route using it.