Chennai: CMRL (Chennai Metro Rail Limited) plans to introduce driverless trains along the lines that will be built under phase 2. The trains will operate completely on automatic mode while personnel from the OCC (operations control centre) monitor overall operations.
The ministry of housing & urban affairs was in the process of finalising a policy that would give metro rail operators in the country operational guidelines for driverless trains, a metro rail official said.
- The policy will include the procedure for safety certifications & the list of documents required to be submitted for operating such trains.
- CMRL will lay down operational procedure for mitigation during emergencies & provide train specifications.
- The official said,”These trains will not have driver’s cabin. Instead, passengers will be able to stand at the end of the train.”
- The official said,”Driverless trains will be safe and reliable. In case of emergencies, OCC will immediately take over.”
- Phase-2 of the metro rail project will cover a distance of 108km with 104 stations in three corridors at a cost of Rs 44,000 crores.
- CMRL has submitted a DPR (Detailed Project Report) to the Centre for approval & is likely to sign an agreement with JICA for funding in the first quarter of 2018.