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Jaipur Metro goes ‘driverless’; ATO system launched

The speed of the metro will be controlled automatically as per situation. The automatic system will be less time-consuming. The travel time will be reduced by four minutes.

January 1, 2019, 9:15 pm

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Jaipur Metro. File photo

Jaipur: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has started operating the metro line between Chandpole and Mansarovar  through ‘Automatic Train Operation’ (ATO) system from January 1. According to JMRC officials, there will be no need for motorman (driver) in the metro as the operation will take place automatically. No human intervention will be involved. The driver will be there to regulate the automated doors in the metro and to check on emergencies. The trial to run the Automatic Train operation (ATO) system was conducted in Jaipur three months ago under the supervision of Sushil Chandra who is commissioner of railway safety at Mumbai western circle. The speed of the metro will be controlled automatically as per situation. The automatic system will be less time-consuming. The travel time will be reduced by four minutes. The Jaipur metro department has come up with a new timetable under this automated system, which will be updated soon on the official website. At present, the metro is being operated manually under the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system by skilled drivers.  The speed of the metro is decided under this system and if the metro crosses the designated speed limit, automatic breaks come into force. The metro will be operated under ATO from 8 am to 8 pm and under ATP between 6:20 am to 7:45 am and 8.10 pm to 9:30 am After the installation of ATO on Tuesday, metro will cover the distance from Chandpole to Mansarovar and vice versa in 21 minutes. At present, the train takes 24 minutes to cover this distance.

First published: January 1, 2019