Dubai: The growing number of suicides on metro tracks in India could be avoided if a new advanced technology and communications system, which provides for driverless trains and quick response to prevent such accidents, is put in place.
Thales Group, which has an impeccable track record in Dubai and other cities – where it provides supervision, communications, security and fare collection facilities – has ffered India its advanced Communications-based train control CBTC) system.
With the CBTC system, metro trains can run without a river and all controls are managed from a centralised office which monitors all the tracks and train movements.
Incidents of suicides have been on the rise inside Delhi etro premises for the past few months. The first week of May lone saw four such incidents, prompting authorities to take steps to stop them in future.
France-based Thales Group, which plans to bid for the next phase of Delhi Metro as well as the Hyderabad metro among others, feels this technology would help India immensely. “The aim is to reduce the waiting period between two trains to 90 seconds. The delay caused by fog in winters would not happen if this technology is used,” Eric Lenseigne, country director of Thales India Private Limited, told reporters.