Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Aditya Nath, inaugurated the first metro train of Kanpur today via video conferencing. This is the first metro train of Kanpur and is been developed jointly by Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation and ALSTOM Transport India.
The Kanpur-Agra prototype train was inaugurated by the honourable CM in the virtual presence of Mr Kumar Keshav, Managing Director of UP Metro Rail Corporation and Managing Director of the manufacturing company M/s Alstom India Transport Limited.
The CM congratulated both UPMRC and ALSTOM for achieving this milestone even in the tough times of COVID-19. He further said that this is a pride moment for everyone as this is the first Made in India train under the Atmanirbhar initiative. This train is completely manufactured in India at the Alstom manufacturing facility in Gujarat.
He also expressed his gratitude towards the UP metro corporation for completing the project by working endlessly within the expected deadline. As of now, only four major cities of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida had the metro facility. However, the CM also notified that similar metro projects are underway for the top cities like Varanasi, Prayagraj, Jhansi, Meerut and Gorakhpur.
With this train, around 5 million citizens of Kanpur will be benefitted as it strives to provide faster and comfortable conveyance to the passengers.
As per reports, the Kanpur metro has a unique feature of ‘regenerative braking’. With this, feature, at least 45% of the energy applied on the train can be recycled and used again within the system. The train also comes with an advanced feature, Propulsion System that is helpful in controlling the air pollution well. The train has the capacity of carrying 960 passengers in a total of 3 coaches.
These Kanpur Agra prototype trains come with an air conditioning system based on a carbon-di-oxide sensor. This will help in saving energy because it will operate the air condition on the basis of the passengers available on the coach at a time.
The train is power-packed with a separate space for wheelchairs for the physically disabled and a ‘Long Stop Request Button”. With this, they can inform the train operator to open the train doors for a longer time period. Each coach comes with CCTV cameras, USB mobile phone charging points, LCD screens, talkback buttons to talk to the train operator in case of emergency.
This story has not been edited except the headline by Aglasem and has been published as English translation of the press release received from the agency.