In India, the urban rail network has grown significantly over the past 10-12 years, from about 90 km in 2006 to 444 km as we speak.
Mangal Dev, Head of Hitachi Rail Systems Co, India & South Asia Region feels that inadequate attention to planning, availability of funding and the need to expand the availability of skilled manpower are key challenges facing the metro rail projects in India.
When the construction work of the Metro was started in Kolkata and later in Delhi, Indian engineers did not have the required experience to execute projects of such mammoth proportions. For the Delhi Metro, we had hired a consortium of foreign engineers who had supervised our first phase of construction
Bringing safety, enhanced performance and lowered life-cycle cost to metros is the modern signalling technology called communication-based train control (CBTC). The methodology and technology have been perfected by companies like Thales.
The upcoming Line 8 of Delhi MetroÂ’s Phase-III with advance metro signaling system will be operated without drivers and its operations will begin June. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) awarded Japan based Nippon Signal Co Ltd, a contract worth around 3.7 million JPY for the signaling system.