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Operational: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation started its second Operations Control Centre in the Capital on Sunday to control and supervise train operations, monitor passenger movement and oversee the fare collection and emergency systems.
Operational: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation started its second Operations Control Centre in the Capital on Sunday to control and supervise train operations, monitor passenger movement and oversee the fare collection and emergency systems.

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Takes over control of train operations on Line 3 (Indraprastha-Dwarka Sector 9) from Sunday

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s Operations Control Centre (OCC) for Phase-II became operational on Sunday.

Taking a major step towards preparing the operational infrastructure for Phase II, DMRC started its second OCC at its corporate headquarters in the heart of the Capital to control and supervise train operations, monitor passenger movement and oversee fare collection and emergency systems.

To begin with, the second OCC at Metro Bhawan on Barakhamba Road took over control of train operations on Line 3 (Indraprastha-Dwarka Sector 9) from Sunday. It will also control train movement on upcoming lines of Phase II -- Indraprastha-Noida, Inderlok- Mundka and Central Secretariat-Badarpur when these lines open in the coming months. Till Saturday, Line 3 was being controlled by the existing OCC at Shastri Park which controlled all metro train operations.

Shifting of control was done overnight on a war footing in the few hours available between end of train movement at 11 p.m. on Saturday and the running of the pilot train at 4-45 a.m. on Sunday so that passenger movement on Line 3 was not disrupted even for a minute. The process of shifting began about 10 days ago with the wiring and installation of new computer servers, telecom and signalling systems, electrical and radio communication equipment and huge wall mounted display panels in the new OCC.

Once these systems were in place, all fibre optic cables, networking systems and computer servers for public announcement systems, passenger information display systems and telephone systems were manually shifted in about three and a half hours on Saturday night to make the OCC fully operational on Sunday.

About 30 signalling, telecom and electrical engineers were involved in the overnight shifting. A new TETRA radio system for Line 3 was also set up at the new OCC, which is an exact replica of the one at Shastri Park, to ensure that there was no disruption of services during the actual shifting. This radio system will cover all the new Lines of DMRC, including Line 3 and also act as a back up to the existing system already operational at Shastri Park OCC for Line 1 and 2.

Now the new OCC will be manned round the clock and this will go up to September 30, 2010, when Phase II becomes fully operational. The existing OCC at Shastri Park that became operational on December 24, 2002, will now control train movement on Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) and Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Central Secretariat) apart from the Central Secretariat-Gurgaon line when it opens next year. The DMRC will cover about 190 km and carry 20 lakh passengers by 2010.

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