Kerala sending team to study Dubai Metro


By Parag Deulgaonkar

Kerala is sending a team of officials to study the technological aspects of Dubai Metro, the world’s longest fully automated metro network.

“A team led by project director Mahesh Kumar will head for Dubai to get a better understanding about the third rail system and continuous automatic train control system (CBTC),” Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) Managing Director Elias George was quoted in Times of India newspaper.

The team was to arrive in Dubai on Sunday.

CBTC is used for enhanced frequency and safety, and the technology can be upgraded to driverless trains as well.

The newspaper said that KMRL is also be sending teams to understand the functioning and operations of Metros in cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Copenhagen and Paris. The objective of the team is to look into aspects such as how development activities are being carried out in Metro zones of these cities.

Kochi Metro is estimated to cost Rs4.43 billion and it will cover 25.523 kilometres in length.  The metro will have three to six cars with each car accommodating around 200 passengers. It will travel up to a speed of 50 kilometre per hour. More info