New Delhi, December 25
The trial run of India’s first ever Metro train, equipped to run on the ‘Unattended Train Operation’ mode, was one of the main highlight of the year 2016 for the Delhi Metro.
This train was ceremonially flagged off on May 17 by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The inaugural train moved out from the Mukundpur depot and travelled up to the Majlis Park Metro station of the Majlis Park ? Shiv Vihar Metro corridor of Phase 3 (Pink Line). These highly sophisticated trains are equipped with technology which will eventually support driverless operations. These trains will also be more energy efficient and commuter friendly.
During the year 2016, the Delhi Metro continued to break more ridership records and further established itself as the transportation backbone of the city. On August 17, over 33 lakh people (33, 36,550) travelled on the Metro for the first time ever throughout the day, which happened to be the eve of Rakshbandhan.
A few days earlier, on August 12, the Airport Line also broke the 50,000 mark with 50,077 passengers travelling by it in a day. During the year, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) took some decisive steps towards the completion of corridors currently under construction as part of Phase 3. Efforts to improve the commuting experience of the people also continued with the introduction of some new facilities.
During the year, trial runs commenced on ITO ? Kashmere Gate section (5.17 kms, violet line), Botanical Garden ? Kalkaji Mandir (13 kms) and Janakpuri West ? Terminal 1 ? IGI Airport (10 kms) sections of the Magenta Line after the completion of civil work on these stretches.
On Janakpuri West ? Terminal 1 ? IGI Airport section, to expedite the process of commencing trials, an entire six coach train was lowered on the tracks near the Sadar Bazar Cantonment station using cranes and trailers recently. The train was unloaded on the ramp near Sadar Bazar Cantonment through a carefully planned operation, in which the coaches were lowered near the ramp (the location where the alignment goes underground from elevated) and positioned on the tracks with the help of special high capacity cranes and trailers. The process needed absolute precision to avoid any physical damage to the trains or the civil structure.
During the year, DMRC successfully wrapped up all the tunnelling works of Phase 3 with the completion of a 1.25 kilometre long tunnel between Vasant Vihar and Munirka on the Janakpuri West ? Botanical Garden Magenta Line on November 29. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) boring the tunnel from Vasant Vihar broke through at Munirka in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
With this tunnel breakthrough, DMRC in Phase 3 completed one of the largest ever tunneling projects taken up in any urban area all over the world where a record 30 TBMs were used to bore close to 80 kilometres of underground tunnels (combining the length of both tunnels for to and fro movement of trains). The total underground corridor length in Phase 3 including the stations is about 54 kilometres.
During the year, the Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate Metro stations as well as the stations on the Airport Line got equipped with Wi-Fi facilities. There are plans to introduce similar facilities in the other stations as well.
New Delhi, December 25