Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils Driverless Metro Car

India’s first indigenously designed and developed Driverless Metro Car was made in the true spirit of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'


DefenceDefence Minister Rajnath Singh has unveiled state-of-the-art ‘Driverless Metro Car’ for Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

He unveiled it at a function held at BEML’s Bangalore Complex in the presence of Raj Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), Dr Deepak Kumar Hota, Chairman and Managing Director, BEML LIMITED and host of senior officials.

During the event, Singh also virtually launched the Aerospace Assembly Hangar, situated within BEML’s Bangalore Complex, and unveiled first indigenously manufactured Tatra Cabin by BEML.

At the Bangalore Complex of BEML, Singh inspected the Rail Hangars, the array of BEML
equipment on display (from its Defence & Aerospace, Mining & Construction and Rail & Metro Divisions) and the newly launched Industrial Design Centre.

In his address, the Minister said, “I am truly overwhelmed with what I have seen at
BEML manufacturing facility today. I am proud of the good work the team of engineers and
technicians are doing at BEML.”

He added: “I would also like to congratulate but bow before each and every member of BEML and wish that the wonderful work that is being done by the company should be made known to the nation. They are the real warriors of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, taking India ahead.”

Hota said, “Hon’ble Raksha Mantri’s visit to BEML is a true reflection of the unstinted support and encouragement that he is providing. BEML’s foray into metro manufacturing has been a defining moment in the urban transportation scenario in India.”

With a major market share in the country in direct competition with well-established international players, BEML has made its mark as the only Indian company in this high technology field, he said.

Safety & Security

Indigenously designed and developed Driverless Metro trains are being manufactured at BEML’s Bangalore Complex. The cars will operate on 25 kV AC traction power and equipped with CCTV surveillance and with the provision to carry passenger bi-cycles in the coaches.

The cars are made up of stainless-steel body with a capacity of carrying 2280 passengers in six cars Metro train-set.

Amidst stiff completion in the presence of international players, BEML bagged a total order of 576 cars for MMRDA’s MRS1 project, the largest order ever. The supply is scheduled progressively upto January 2024.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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