DMRC to Modify Signaling and Telecommunications Software to Alert Passengers About the Arrival of Four and Six Coach Trains
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is going to modify its Signaling and Telecommunication (S&T) software system so that the passenger announcement system and the passenger information display system (PIDS) installed at the stations, can automatically give advance information to the passengers whether the next train will be a four coach or six coach train.
This advance information will help the passengers to plan their positioning on the platform accordingly. This, however, requires modification of the sophisticated signaling and telecommunication software which is being done by M/s Alstom in France and M/s Siemens in Germany. This modification is extremely complicated and will take about three months to be implemented.
In addition, as an immediate measure, DMRC today commenced manual announcements at Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate Metro stations regarding the arrival of four coach or six coach trains. Security guards with loud hailers have been deployed on the platforms at these two stations at the location where a six coach train ends. Whenever, a four coach train is scheduled to come, they would make announcements in advance requesting passengers to position themselves accordingly on the platform.
The Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS) at Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate Metro stations have started running messages requesting passengers to stay away from closing doors of the trains. These measures will greatly help and inform the passengers at these interchange stations which are the biggest in the Delhi Metro network with footfalls ranging from 2.5 lakh (Kashmere Gate) to 4.5 lakh (Rajiv Chowk) daily.
In addition, LCD TVs installed at some select Metro stations (Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazar, New Delhi, Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat) will also flash messages on door closing of trains very soon. Small films educating passengers on how to step in and out of the trains in a correct manner to avoid mishaps, will also be screened on these TVs.
All Metro passengers are advised to kindly stay away from the train doors once the closing/opening operation of the doors commence, for their own safety. Passengers are also advised not to interfere with the door closing operation by obstructing it or putting any object in between the doors.