New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After witnessing a successful run on its Magenta Line, the DMRC in another milestone is all set to inaugurate 'driverless train operations' on the Pink Line of the Delhi Metro on November 25. The officials on Tuesday said that driverless trains will run on the 57-km route of the Pink Line from Thursday.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot will inaugurate it via video-conferencing, slated to be held at 11:30 am, the DMRC said.

India's first-ever driverless train operations on the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line was inaugurated on December 28 last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had said that his government, unlike its predecessors, had taken growing urbanisation as an opportunity and had asserted that metro train services would be extended to 25 cities by 2025 from the current 18.

The DMRC officials then had said the Pink Line, spanning Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar, would also have driverless operations by mid-2021.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic had majorly affected operations of the Delhi Metro.

After the driverless train operations will begin on the Pink Line, the total driverless network of DMRC would stand at nearly 96 Km, which would be 9 percent of the world's driverless Metro network, claimed DMRC.

Delhi Metro had begun its commercial operation on December 25, 2002, a day after the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had inaugurated DMRC's first stretch, spanning 8.2 km from Shahdara to Tis Hazari, with just six stations.

The DMRC network's current span is nearly 392 km with 286 stations (including the Noida–Greater Noida Metro Corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurgaon).

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Ashita Singh