Delhi Metro’s oldest trains set for a revamp! In a bid to bring uniformity in passenger experience across old and new corridors, Delhi Metro plans to completely overhaul 10 of its oldest trains within the next year. These trains were inducted way back in the year 2002. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has invited bids for “retrofit” work of as many as 74 coaches built in South Korea that make up the 10 train sets. These 10 trains operate on the Delhi Metro Red and Blue Lines of the 389-km long network spanning Delhi-NCR. At present, the Delhi Metro services are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Centre is yet to approve resumptions of metro operations, a detailed SOP has been chalked out for managing services, according to an IE report.
As per the tender document, refurbishment work will be carried out at Delhi Metro’s Najafgarh, Shastri Park, and Yamuna Bank depots. There are more than 280 such metro coaches, making up nearly 70 trains, which have been functional since 2002. According to a DMRC official quoted in the report, metro coaches have a lifespan of around 30 to 35 years. But in order to ensure longevity, such mid-life interventions are needed to resolve issues arising out of prolonged wear and tear, he said.