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KOLKATA
CBTC SIGNALLING SYSTEM TO BE INSTALLED IN ALL THE CORRIDORS OF KOLKATA METRO MOTORMEN NOT REQUIRED ONCE CBTC IMPLEMENTED

AMAR METRO

KOLKATA

PRESS RELEASE

CBTC SIGNALLING SYSTEM TO BE INSTALLED IN ALL THE CORRIDORS OF KOLKATA METRO

MOTORMEN NOT REQUIRED o­nCE CBTC IMPLEMENTED

Kolkata, Date: 22.05.2024

Kolkata Metro is the Lifeline of Kolkata city. Starting its journey in 1984 Kolkata Metro has expanded many fold in almost 40 years and has touched million lives. In this four-decade long journey the first Metro of the country has given topmost priority to passenger safety. In order to ensure passenger safety different modern technologies have been adopted. Special emphasis have been given to modernization of signalling system. Like many other Metro systems in developed countries like Spain, Demark etc. Kolkata Metro is also opting for Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) Signalling System. At present this system is being installed o­n Joka to Esplanade and Kavi Subhash to Biman Bandar Metro Corridors at a cost of Rs. 800 crores. This state-of-the-art signalling system is very safe and gives flexibility to train operations.

In this context, it requires to mention that with the help of this CBTC Signalling System, in Spain, Demark and many other countries in the world Metro is run without Motorman. Delhi Metro has also started Motorman-less Metro services.  In the ATO (Automatic Train Operations) mode of CBTC Signalling System in Kolkata Metro, Motormen don’t have any role to run the train.  They o­nly press the button to close the doors and start the Metro from the stations.  In other Metros in India, those who do this job are called Train Operators.

Apart from the new Corridors, this CBTC signalling system is also being installed in the 40 years old North -South Metro Corridor, country’s first Metro system. Rs. 500 crores have been allocated for executing this job.  International Organization having experience in changing old Signalling System with CBTC Signalling System has been roped in to execute this job. Within the next five years, the entire network of Kolkata Metro will be covered with the ATO mode of CBTC Signalling System. o­nce that is done, it would be a new experience for the commuters altogether. That would give extra flexibility to increase the frequency as well if situation demands.

Once this CBTC Signalling System is fully implemented, skilled staff like Motormen will no more be required.  At that time, 99.99 percent works related to train operations will be done through ATO mode. In order to run the system smoothly, Kolkata Metro will appoint train operators then.  Metro Authorities will take all necessary steps as per the requirement of the situation. Metro staff attached with regular maintenance work will be able to do the job of train operators very easily.

In Kolkata Metro, Motormen of passenger trains of other Railways having qualifying certificates are appointed to run the Metro o­n deputation. Eastern and South Eastern Railway, as per the requirements of Metro Railway, send their Motormen o­n deputation.  At present, 31 Motormen are undergoing training for six months in Kolkata Metro.  16 more Motormen of Howrah Division of Eastern Railway are coming to Metro Railway for running the trains.  Apart from that 10 more Motormen from Bilaspur Division will also be inducted to Metro Railway very soon. It is to be noted that, in Indian Railways, Motormen after working for 8-10 years in different levels are assigned with the job of passenger train operations.  New appointees after working as the assistant of loco drivers for some years are elevated to the post of shunter (who takes empty rake from depot to the station).  After gaining experience, he is appointed as Goods Driver. Then o­nly, under the tutelage of trainer(initially) he gets the responsibility to run the passenger train. 

Apart from Motormen coming o­n deputation, Metro takes aptitude tests and other tests of its staff associated with maintenance work of Metro rakes to promote them to the post of shunters.  For this, work experience, result of the qualifying examination and medical fit certificate are the basis of this promotion.  Shri Kausik Mitra, Chief Public Relations Officer, Metro Railway has informed that the news published in some newspapers that these shunters are running passengers trains in the Metro is baseless, false and derogatory. Shunters never operate passenger trains.  They o­nly bring empty rakes to the station platforms from the yard.  They, after working for some years, are promoted to the post of Motormen o­n the basis of some yardsticks. Before that, their medical fitness is checked and requisite training is also imparted under the tutelage of experienced trainer.  After completion of this training, they get the responsibility to run the passenger trains. Shri Kausik Mitra has further added that mere having experience in the post of shunters does not allow them to get promoted to the post of Motormen, instead they need to clear the medical fitness test before the promotion.

Metro Authorities are also contemplating to promote some shunters to the post of Motormen.  For that, 8 shunters have been chosen and they have been assisting conducting Motormen for gaining experience and skill to clear the aptitude test. In all the trains of Orange Line and some trains of North-South Metro, two staff instead of o­ne, have been deployed in the rear cabin of the rake.

CPRO, Metro Railway has also added that presently in any CBTC-less section of Kolkata Metro, no conducting Motorman has been withdrawn.  Instead, additional Metro staff have been deployed as trainees. o­n Kavi Subhash to Hemanta Mukhopadhyay station stretch of Orange Line too, some Metro staff who are associated with maintenance work are being given training with the conducting Motormen in order to gain experience and skill so that they can prove themselves and pass the required test for shunters easily. Later if required after checking their technical ability and mental aptitude they will be appointed as the Motorman of the passenger trains.

Shri Mitra has said that in Kolkata Metro train operations are done strictly fulfilling the laid down safety related norms. He has requested all the passengers not to get puzzled after going through the false news published in some newspapers. In the last four decades Metro Railway has been ferrying passengers safely and will continue to do so in the coming days.

Kausik Mitra

Chief Public Relations Officer






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