Delhi Metro became one of the world’s largest networks of driverless metros, with 96.7 km of automated train lines. Driverless operations on Delhi Metro’s Pink line were launched from Shiv Vihar to Majlis Park metro station on 25th November 2021.
- Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot flagged off the train at a virtual ceremony.
- The Pink Line became the second Delhi Metro line to have driverless operations after the Magenta Line.
List of World’s 4 largest driverless metro networks:
- Dubai Metro - Red Line
- Shanghai Metro Network
- Kuala Lumpur Metro
- Delhi Metro - Magenta and Pink Line
World's oldest metro system
Metro systems across the world have been in operation since the late 1800s and transport millions of commuters across cities every day.
London Underground is also known by its nickname Tube was started in 1890
Metro rail in India, Kolkata to Delhi:
Starting with the underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way:
- The first metro system was introduced in Kolkata and it is completely an underground one. The idea of an underground railway system was conceived by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy in the 1950s. The first Kolkata Metro was run on 24 October 1984 between Dam Dam to Tollygunge.
- Delhi Metro was the first modern metro rail in India.
- Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, also popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’. He was the mastermind behind the Delhi Metro. The popularity of metro rail system in India is all a fruit of his hard work, efforts and dedication.
- The first metro in Delhi was run in 2002, which was the Red Line.
- After it, the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon started in November 2013. It was India’s first privately owned & operated metro.
- The metro systems are now also developed in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Chennai. Soon, the metro will also be functional in Lucknow.
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