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PM Modi inaugurates Delhi Metro’s newly-built Magenta Line

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated a segment of Delhi Metro newly-built Magenta Line, which will connect Botanical Garden in Noida to Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ram Naik and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh also graced the event. After the inauguration, all the dignitaries, including PM Modi, took a ride on board the Magenta Line metro during its first public run.
“We live in an era in which connectivity is all important. This Metro, whose line was just inaugurated, is not only for the present but also for future generations,” PM Modi said at a public meeting in Noida. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was not present at the inauguration, as he had reportedly not been extended an invitation to the event.
On Sunday, the Prime Minister said in a tweet that the highly-anticipated Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is an example of modernising urban transport that will make travel between Delhi and Noida faster and convenient. The Magenta Line is the third metro line in the country to be inaugurated by PM Modi this year. He had earlier dedicated the Kochi Metro to the nation in June and the Hyderabad Metro in November. Earlier in April, the prime minister and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull traveled by metro to the Akshardham Temple in Delhi.
Connecting south Delhi’s Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden in Noida, the Magenta Line is equipped with platform screen doors (PSDs) on all nine stations that will become operational from Monday, besides a high-tech signalling system that will allow the DMRC to run trains with enhanced frequency.
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With the commissioning of the new line, the travel time between south Delhi and Noida will be reduced from 52 minutes to 19 minutes on the Magenta Line. The entire line, when complete, will run from Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West.
About the highly-anticipated Magenta Line:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section of the newly-built Magenta Line on Monday. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was also in attendance. However, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was conspicuous by his absence, as he had reportedly not been extended an invitation to the event.
The 12.64-km stretch of the Magenta Line, interspersed by nine stations, has many firsts to its credit, including platform screen doors (PSDs) and a hi-tech signalling technology for movement of trains.
Metro’s new generation trains, which can operate without drivers, will run on this section aided by the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology. This new-age signalling system can facilitate movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.
With the commissioning of the new line, the travel time between south Delhi and Noida will be significantly reduced. The direct ride on the Magenta Line from Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden takes 19 minutes while travelling through Blue and Violet Lines between the old stations takes 52 minutes, with interchange facility at Mandi House station.
In another first, broad-sized coaches will ply on the standard gauge track of the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. Coaches measuring 3.2 m in width will be in operation on the new Line. This will also allow 30-40 more passengers than the capacity of coaches running on a standard gauge.
The coaches running on this line have electronic information display, multi-handle rails, power charging capacity, including directly through USB ports. The new trains are also energy-efficient and would save about 20 per cent energy compared to the existing coaches.
The new trains will also feature colourful seats, with pink seats in the Women’s coach, orange and blue in the general cars and specific hues to demarcate seats reserved for senior citizens and the specially-abled.
DMRC authorities said that 10 trains would operate on this new line, while two would be kept on reserve, one each at Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden stations. Initially, trains will operate with a frequency of five minutes and 14 seconds on this section.
The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever interchange station outside the boundaries of Delhi.
Apart from Kalkaji Mandir, all other stations are elevated. The new Kalkaji Mandir station has an elevated walkway which connects the new facility with the existing station, to facilitate passengers travelling towards Faridabad side.

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