The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Thursday extended its trial runs on the upcoming Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden corridor from Okhla Vihar till Kalkaji Mandir in southern Delhi. With the beginning of trial runs on this section, now trials are in progress on a 9.5 kilometre stretch from Kalindi Kunj till Kalkaji Mandir. Earlier in June, initial trial runs had started between Kalindi Kunj and Okhla Vihar stations of this corridor. Delhi Metro’s new UTO (Unattended Train Operations) enabled trains will operate on this corridor. “The new trains, with extremely high levels of automation, will now undergo rigorous trials between these stations to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the corridor. Initially, train operators will run the trains, but gradually, driverless operations (on the UTO mode) will be possible,” a spokesperson said.
During these trials, the interface of the Metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done. Later on, in stages, the new signaling technology to be implemented on this corridor and Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will also undergo rigorous testing. The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behavior of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly.
This particular section from Kalindi Kunj till Kalkaji Mandir consists of seven elevated stations – Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji Mandir. Civil work on all stations is complete and finishing activities are in progress. Gradually, the trial runs will be expanded to the other parts of the entire corridor.
The depot has been built at Kalindi Kunj which will cater to the Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden corridor. This depot is also unique from the point of view of engineering since its stabling sheds will be elevated on a separate deck, which in turn will be covered by solar panels.
Delhi Metro is gradually progressing towards the completion of civil work on all its corridors. Trial runs were commenced on the ITO – Kashmere Gate section of the Delhi Metro on Wednesday.