Marking another milestone for the NCR's metro services, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the country's first self-driving metro train in Delhi. The fully automated driverless train will be running on the 38-kilometre magenta line of the Indian capital that connects 25 metro stations - from the Janakpuri West area to the Botanical Garden metro station located in Noida.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, PM Modi said that steps like bringing in driverless metro trains testify to the rapid speed at which India is progressing towards adopting more smart systems.
"Make In India is very important for the expansion of metro services. It reduces cost, saving foreign currency, and provides more employment to the Indian people", Modi added.
Prime Minister Modi also launched the National Common Mobility Card, an inter-operable transport facility that allows users to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping, and withdraw money using one card.
The news stirred major buzz on social media, with netizens welcoming the new train with open arms.
Congrats India 🇮🇳!— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) December 28, 2020
india get its first driverless fully-automated Metro train, running from Delhi to Noida. It will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.https://t.co/YwoCzEHzBD pic.twitter.com/kLUIm5SJqy
#Delhi : PM Narendra Modi ji inaugurates India’s first driverless train. 🤩🔥— H I N D U T V A 🚩 (@Ok_Bharatiya) December 28, 2020
The inauguration of the first driverless metro train shows how fast India is moving towards smart systems : PM Narendra Modi 😇#NarendraModi #DriverlessMetro pic.twitter.com/srKQxwTnwR
Historic!— Dhaval Acharya (@Dhaval_BJP) December 28, 2020
Prime Minister @narendramodi ji inaugurates India’s first ever driverless train service on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line.
A big boost to tourism sector. Technology playing an important role.
India is truly changing 👏👏#MetroRevolution
With the launch of this new-generation of electronic trains, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has officially entered the elite league of "seven percent of the world's Metro networks" that can operate services without drivers.
This was the first major event dedicated to the Delhi Metro services this year after the trains remained suspended for almost six months due to the pandemic-caused lockdown.
Launched in 2002, Delhi Metro services covers a total distance of 389 kilometres.
The central government of India is also working on deploying in-train Wi-Fi services for riders in the capital.