India's metro network grew by over 457 kilometers in just five years: Government


Since 2018-19, the operational Metro Rail network in India has expanded by about 457 kilometre, Parliament was informed.

In a written reply on December 21, Minister of State in the Housing Ministry, Kaushal Kishore, informed the Lok Sabha that numerous technological advancements have occurred in various metro rail networks across the country in the last five years. These advancements encompass the introduction of Namo Bharat Trains, the European Train Control System, the National Common Mobility Card, the QR-based ticketing system, and more.

“These technological advancements have improved urban transportation significantly which is evident from the ridership which has crossed about 1 crore per day at present,” he said.

Key technologies in India’s metro system

Namo Bharat Trains

Namo Bharat Trains represent India's inaugural state-of-the-art trains, designed to achieve a speed of 180 kmph with an operational speed of 160 kmph. They have been implemented on the priority section from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot along the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor.

European Train Control System (ETCS)

The European Train Control System, the world's first state-of-the-art radio-based train signaling system on an LTE backbone, has been implemented on Namo Bharat trains to improve passenger experience.

Platform Screen Doors

To enhance safety and mitigate the risk of accidents, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) collaborated with the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) in the joint development of the PSD.

National Common Mobility Card

The National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) was launched in India with the tagline of ‘One Nation One Card’ on March 4, 2019.

QR-based ticketing

The QR-based ticketing system has facilitated booking of tickets from mobile based apps.

Unmanned Train Operations

For improved efficiency and quality of service including better utilisation of resources, the UTO is functional in certain stretches of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Indigenous Automatic Train Supervision system

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) collaborated to develop India's first indigenously built Automatic Train Supervision System, which has been successfully implemented on the Red Line of the Delhi Metro.


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