Metro Rail gets first train

NEW DELHI JULY 26. The Director (Rolling Stock) of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Satish Kumar, today took delivery of the first train for Delhi Metro at the Changwon Factory in South Korea.

A statement by DMRC said this train has been made four months ahead of schedule, establishing a new world record in manufacture of modern rolling stock. The Metro trains, the note said, are being manufactured by a consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan), Rotem company (Korea) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan).

With modern features such as automatic train protection, integrated train management system, microprocessor controlled brakes and secondary air suspension, the Metro trains are also extremely energy efficient.

The trains would have light weight stainless steel coaches, each of which would accommodate 370 passengers. The coaches will be fully air-conditioned with automatic door closing mechanism. Providing for fast acceleration and deceleration, they will be able to move from zero to 80 km per hour in 65 seconds.

The Metro trains will also provide for two-way communication between the Operational Control Centre and the driver. They would be fully computerised with an electronic passenger information display system and audio announcement facility. The DMRC said a total of 240 coaches have been ordered for the first phase of Delhi Metro. While 60 of them will be fully imported, the remaining will be progressively indigenised with the last 100 being fully built in India. And of the trains, four have been planned for operation when the first section between Shahdara and Tis Hazari is opened in December this year.

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