Just after India’s first-ever driverless metro train ran on Delhi Metro’s tracks, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi listed out a series of new metro rail versions that the country is progressing towards embracing in the near future. These include, MetroLite and Metro Neo, among others. While the version of MetroLite would be constructed with 40 per cent below the cost of the currently operational metro, Metro Neo is another marvel to be built 25 per cent lower cost than the current metro trains.
The PM said, water metro is also being worked upon for the cities with large water bodies to provide last mile connectivity especially to the population living around islands. While inaugurating first-ever driverless metro on the Magenta Line of Delhi Metro, the PM said, it is important responsibility of the government to prepare the country for future requirements and that urbanisation is an opportunity to build better infrastructure.
He informed that the government has plans to expand metro rail to more than 25 cities across the country by 2025 from its availability in the 18 cities currently. He also mentioned about RRTS corridor connecting Delhi and Meerut and how the rapid railway is expected to reduce the time consumed between travelling these two cities to less than one hour. He added that with driverless metro in operation, the country has joined the league of select countries where such an exceptional facility is available.