Union Minister Hardeep Puri inaugurates the driverless train operations on the Pink Line of the Delhi Metro

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Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep S. Puri along with Transport Minister for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, Shri Kailash Gahlot todayvirtually inauguratedthe Unattended Train Operations (UTO) on the Pink Line of the Delhi Metro.Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra andDr. Mangu Singh, MD, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation were also present on the occasion. 

Addressing on the occasion, Shri Puri said that we are witnessing another historic occasion where we will see the Delhi Metro become one of the largest driverless metro networks in the world.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the first driverless train operations of the Delhi Metro in December 2020, when he flagged off the Magenta Line’s driverless operations, and in the next 11 months, we are adding 59 km stretch of driverless operations.

Congratulating the Delhi metro and people of NCR, the minister said that Delhi Metro has given us yet another proud moment in the country’s journey towards affordable, inclusive and sustainable public transportation.

It has emerged as asymbol of the technological prowess that our country possesses.It is the backbone for socio-economic connectivity in the region, and plays an invaluable part in the everyday urban experience of Delhiites and other commuters.

Shri Puri said that with a massive driverless network of 96.7 kilometres, the Delhi Metro has now become the fourthlargest network in the world to operate with driverless technology.This is a momentous occasion not only for DMRC, but also for the entire country. It is another reminder of this Government’s focus on rejuvenating our urban areas and improving the quality of life of our citizens.

He said that Delhi Metro has peak passenger load of 65 lakhs per day in the pre-covid times, and soon we will surpass that figure. He said that increase in metro ridership is reducing the load of vehicles on the road, helping in reducing pollution as well as congestion.

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