As Bangalore Metro is likely to be commissioned by this year-end, Delhi Metro has started a special training programme for station controllers and train operators at its centre here.

A batch of 84 candidates, who recently joined Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) as station controller or train operator (SC/TO), are undergoing training at Delhi Metro’s training institute situated in Shastri Park.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has requested the DMRC to train 383 of its candidates before the Metro services begin in the southern metropolis.

The other candidates will, however, arrive here subsequently in different batches consisting of section engineers, junior engineers, maintainers and customer relation associates, DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

The present batch consisting of station controllers and train operators from Bangalore Metro will be given a five-month training, during which they will get a first-hand account of the functioning and working of the Metro system.

During the training, the candidates will be provided customised training catering to their special needs and special training modules have been evolved for this purpose.

The authorities at the Delhi Metro are also planning to introduce similar kind of training programmes for the staff and executives of other Metros coming up in cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Jaipur, depending upon their requirement, Mr. Dayal said.

Executives from Mumbai Metro Rail have also undergone training at the Shastri Park Training Institute last month.

They also plan to send more people to Delhi Metro very soon including their General Manager Operations for acquiring knowledge on the Metro technology.

Last year also, the DMRC had imparted similar kind of training to Bangalore Metro engineers.

During the course of their training module, candidates will be given exposure to the latest technology used here, the telecom and signalling system, over-head electrification and round-the-clock power supply, automatic fare collection system, emergency systems, rolling stock and other aspects.

Computer-based training will form an essential part of their curriculum where the new recruits will undergo interactive learning on computer system and will have an opportunity to self-evaluate themselves, he said.

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.

The trainees will learn how to start the train, pick up acceleration, decelerating, braking, door opening and closing, communication within the train, handling emergency situations and passenger evacuation, Mr. Dayal said.

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