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Updated: February 23, 2010 16:56 IST

New metro coaches low on space, high on features

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An inside view of the standard gauge metro coach. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
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An inside view of the standard gauge metro coach. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

A little lower in capacity compared with broad gauge trains, the standard gauge trains that will soon roll out in the Capital after the opening of the Inderlok-Mundka metro line next month promise a variety of features that will compensate for their lack of room.

From improved air-conditioning to less noise, the coaches will have more safety features and improved design. “The new trains will have closed-circuit television cameras inside the coaches. They will have improved signages and LED indicators marking the stations on the map displayed inside the coaches. There will be chimes with different volume controls inside and outside for indicating the door closing and opening,” said DMRC Director (Rolling Stock) H. S. Anand. The trains procured from a consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation, Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electrical and BEML Ltd, will have a carrying capacity of 1,034 (four car train) and 1,574 (six car trains). “We have procured 196 coaches for 46 trains of four cars and two trains of six cars,” he said.

Referring to the passenger safety and convenience features, he said there will be four CCTV cameras in each car, two rear-view cameras (one on each side of the cab) for platform view, external speakers for audio warning signal during doors opening and closing, inbuilt design features to ensure that wrong side doors do not open during manual operation and emergency evacuation through side saloon door.

Equipped with wheel-disc brakes, the trains will have better brake performance and jerk control, higher maximum operational speed (85 kmph), insulation mat on the roof to avoid tripping caused due to kite strings and state-of-the-art train control management system.

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