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DMRC allays fears about operations

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Metro trains are protected through ATP

DMRC DRILL: Delhi Fire Service personnel along with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation conducting fire safety drill as part of the Fire Safety week at the Kashmere Gate underground station, in New Delhi on Friday. -Photo: V. Sudershan.

NEW DELHI: Following the breakdown of a Delhi Metro train due to a brake failure at Kanhaiya Nagar station here on Thursday leading to evacuation of passengers, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Friday sought to allay public fears about its operations and asserted that "each Metro train is run by a driver who has received specialised training in train operations, computers, system functioning, fire equipment and first aid".

Stating that "as part of its drive to keep operating costs low a single driver handles the train,'' it said, "in case of any problem such as fire, theft, vandalism or eve-teasing passengers can contact the driver by pressing the passenger alarm button provided near the doors of every car.

The driver informs the Operational Control Centre (OCC) about the incident and necessary care and precautions are taken immediately at the next station.''

In the Delhi Metro the train running system is controlled by the centralised OCC located at Shastri Park and there is continuous automatic train monitoring all the time through computers.

In addition, to ensure safety all Metro trains are protected through Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems that have been introduced for the first time in India, the DMRC said. Though for the passengers the trains start running from 6 in the morning, the first Inspection Train, also called the Pilot train, leaves the Shastri Park Maintenance Depot at 4-10 a.m. to check that the overhead electrification, tracks and signalling are in proper working condition. Maintenance of these systems and infrastructure is done at night after the close of train operations.

At present, 252 Metro train trips are operated between Shahdara and Rithala while 245 trips are run between Kashmere Gate and Vishwavidyalaya. Fifteen trains are run on a cyclic basis on the elevated section while four trains run cyclically on the underground section with standby trains available at Shahdara, Rithala and Vishwavidyalaya for induction in case of emergencies or increase in traffic load. The Metro will be extended by seven kilometres from Kashmere Gate to Central Secretariat in June this year and the 29.3 km Line 3 between Barakhamba Road and Dwarka Subcity will be opened in December 2005.

Having laid down one of the most difficult and tight punctuality yardsticks in the world for train operations by considering a train late by 60 seconds (1 minute) as "not punctual'', DMRC also claims to have achieved the unique record of achieving a punctuality level of over 99 per cent in Metro Rail operations in the Capital.

The Corporation said on Friday that Metro trains currently running between Shahdara and Rithala have achieved a punctuality level ranging between 99.55 per cent and 99.91per cent in the last six months while in the underground operations punctuality varied between 99.74 per cent and 99.98 per cent since these operations began on December 20, 2004.

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