Delhi Metro`s First Standard Gauge Train Arrives in India
India`s first standard gauge Metro train arrived in India on 16th March 2009, after a three - week long voyage by sea from South Korea.
The four - coach train set sail on 25th February 2009 from Changwon in South Korea, where it was manufactured, and arrived at the Mundra Port in Gujarat. The train will now be transported by road on four trailers to Delhi where it is expected to reach by 30th March, 2009. The train will be brought to the Mundka depot of Delhi Metro for testing and will be used on the Inderlok - Mundka line.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) so far possessed only broad gauge trains but three lines of Phase - II, i.e., Inderlok - Mundka, Central Secretariat - Badarpur and the Airport Express Line are being built on standard gauge as per international norms. The new standard gauge trains are being procured by DMRC for the first two lines while the concessionaire M/s Reliance - CAF, will provide trains for the Airport Express Line.
The front of the standard gauge train will have a single glass pane as can be seen in cars instead of two separate panes as in the existing trains. Other features of the trains include Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras inside and outside the coaches, power supply connections inside coaches to charge mobiles and laptops, better humidity control and microprocessor controlled disc brakes.
DMRC has also placed orders for 83 new broad gauge trains of which 46 will have six coaches each. At present, the organization has 70 broad gauge trains. Thus, Delhi Metro will have more than 200 trains when Phase - II becomes fully operational.