DMRC increase training intake capacity; goes for hi-tech eqip

With virtually a new corridor being added to its network every month till September, Delhi Metro has been increasing its training intake capacity and evolving modules like Simulator system.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 23:23 PM IST

New Delhi: With virtually a new corridor
being added to its network every month till September, Delhi
Metro has been increasing its training intake capacity and
evolving modules like Simulator system.

"To cope up with increased load for Phase-2, we have
added a new block to the existing Training Institute to meet
the demands for engineers and train operators. It can
accommodate 600 trainees at a time," S K Sinha, incharge of
Recruitment and Training, told reporters here.

Currently, the DMRC is recruiting about 1,000 staff per
year, more than that done by the Railway Recruitment Board or
the Staff Selection Committee. Four more corridors are lined
up for operation by September, including the Airport Express
line and Badarpur line.

The new block, commissioned in January, boasts of latest
technology-oriented equipment like Full Motion Simulator
system, Computer Based Training lab (to train train operators)
and Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Troubleshooting
Simulator (for maintenance staff).

"This year, so far 1084 new staff has joined the training
institute, the only centre in south Asia having the advanced
Simulator system," Sinha said, adding presently 900 trainees
are being trained.

The highlight of the training programme is the Full
Motion cab simulator for training Train Operators.
A train simulator is a static equipment, which generates
3D computer image view similar to the real time operating
environment of train, including signals, feed back and braking
system.

"We create about 250 unusual scenarios (fire, person
falling in train tracks, different weather conditions etc)
which the trainers will learn to handle through the simulator.
After the six-month training, they will be deployed in trains
along with an experienced operator being a full-time Train
Operator," Rupesh Kumar, Principal, Delhi Metro Training
Institute, said.

"A trainee has to successfully ride the train (simulator)
for 400 Kms in the presence of a supervisor, including in
night conditions, foggy weather, signal errors. The most
common problem that a Train Operator encounters is the Lines
Feed Back," he said.

Satish Kumar, Director of Electricals wing, said all the
proposed lines will become functional by September.

When asked whether the DMRC is taking any particular
measures to handle the possible rush during the Commonwealth
Games, he said, "The Metro plans are on a long-term basis, not
confined the the Games. But still we are considering whether
we can operate more trains on the routes that will connect the
stadia during the event."

-PTI