Faced with increased demand for personnel following expansion of its network, the Delhi Metro has started imparting round-the-clock training to new recruits who will be deployed on duty during the Commonwealth Games.

“Additional night sessions have been started at the Training Institute in Shastri Park with special focus on ’Simulator’ and ‘Test-Track’ training from 11 in the night to 5 in the morning,” a DMRC spokesperson said.

The personnel will be deployed on new sections coming as part of Phase-11, especially on the Central Secretariat- Badarpur line which will connect 10 out of the total of 11 venues of the mega sporting event.

Separate batches, each consisting of 35 to 40 students, have been formed in three different rosters in which the candidates will first undergo train driving in a realistically simulated environment and then exposed to hands-on practical training, the spokesperson said.

Presently, there are two Simulators in the Shastri Park Training School where the trainees learn the fundamentals of driving the metro trains. Later, they are taken for actual train handling on the ‘Test-Track’ in the Shastri Park Depot during the night hours.

The train operators will also undergo simulator training in which they will learn how to drive the Metro trains in different modes - Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode.

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