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3:23 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

PM to inaugurate Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line

New Delhi,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a stretch of the new Magenta line
of the Delhi Metro on Monday, which will connect Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi.

The inauguration will take place at 1300 hrs, an official said.The new Magenta Line will reduce the travel time between Noida and South Delhi to 19 minutes.

Mr Modi, who will be accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, will flag off the Metro train from Noida on Monday afternoon and with this, the Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir Metro section of the new ‘Magenta Line’ will be opened subsequently for commercial operations.

The commercial operations on this new section will commence at 1700 hrs this evening, the official said.After inaugurating the new section, Mr Modi and Mr Adityanath will address a public meeting in Noida. Special security arrangements have been made in the areas around Botanical Garden and Amity University where Mr Modi will be visiting.

According to official sources, Mr Modi will reach Botanical Garden by helicopter and after inaugurating the metro section, he will travel by road to Amity University. The 12.64 km long Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir section of Phase three is going to significantly boost the connectivity between Noida and south Delhi localities such as Kalkaji Mandir and Nehru Place.

Initially, the trains will be operated with a frequency of 5 minutes and 14 seconds on this section. A total of ten trains will be pressed into service and two more trains (one each at Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden) will be kept on standby.

This section will have platform screen doors on all its nine stations.The phase three has nine stations–Botanical Garden, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Milia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji, Mandir. While Kalkaji Mandir is underground, all other stations are elevated.

This section will boost tourism in the area as many tourism landmarks such as the Lotus Temple, Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden in Noida are located within walking distance from this corridor.

The section will also cater to two major educational institutions – Jamia Milia Islamia University and Amity University, Noida and a major super speciality hospital – Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.

There are two interchange metro stations on this section–Botanical Garden (interchange with Blue Line) and Kalkaji Mandir (Interchange with Violet Line).
Botanical Garden will be NCR’s first ever interchange Metro Station on the metro network.

‘The Botanical Garden Metro Station, on the Dwarka-Noida Blue Line has been transformed as the first ever interchange Metro Station in the National Capital Region (NCR) outside the boundaries of Delhi,’ the DMRC spokesperson said.Passengers travelling from Noida to Faridabad will now be able to change trains at Kalkaji Mandir and go directly to Faridabad.

Since both Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir are interchange stations, there will be significant reduction in travelling time between various destinations especially those on the Blue and Violet Lines.

The new interchange station has reduced the cost of travel between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir. Now the travel between the two destinations will cost Rs 30 and earlier it was Rs 50.

Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 kms) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurugram by changing trains at Hauz Khas. This will help immensely in decongesting Rajiv Chowk, which is currently the interchange point for travellers between Noida and Gurugram.

It will also connect the domestic terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.This is also Delhi Metro’s first ever corridor to be operated using the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology which facilitates movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.

The new age Unattended Train Operation (UTO) enabled trains also will be operated for the first time on this section.The DMRC spokesperson said the Metro trains on Magenta Line will initially operate with a driver with a high level of automation including platform screen doors.

This high level of automation is there to avoid such human errors. The main line will use CBTC which will ensure full safety and faster frequency of operations, the spokesperson added.

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