The long-awaited magenta line of Delhi metro-A revolution in the Delhi metro service

Trial Run

A good news for Delhi metro commuters, Delhi metro’s Magenta Line will cut down the travel time from Noida to Delhi by 45 minutes. The domestic terminal of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport will be connected directly through the Magenta Line of Delhi metro within the next 6 months. This DMRC’s Phase III intervention will be inaugurated between October 2017- March 2018.

Under the Phase III expansion of the Delhi metro network, the Botanical Garden metro station in Noida will become an interchange station on the Magenta Line, the expanse of which is from Janakpuri West upto Botanical Garden while commuting from Noida to south Delhi stations which include Kalkaji Mandir and Nehru Place. At present, this route journey consumes around 52 minutes, but, the Magenta Line will considerably bring down the journey time to a huge extent. A big relief! Isn’t it?

The Delhi metro system serves Delhi and its satellite cites of Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region (NCR) in India. The Magenta Line,which currently is under-construction, consists of 25 stations from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden. The upcoming Hauz Khas station on this line and the current Yellow Line will be the deepest metro station at a depth of 29 metres, surpassing the record set by Chawri Bazaar station currently on the Yellow Line, at a depth of 22 metres. The Magenta Line has planned interchanges with the Yellow, Blue and the Violet lines of the Delhi metro network.

With the beginning of trial runs from Okhla Vihar till Kalkaji Mandir, now trials are in progress on a 9.5 kilometre stretch from Kalindi Kunj till Kalkaji Mandir. DMRC’S new UTO (Unattended Train Operations) enabled trains will operate on this corridor.

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This extremely high level of automation will now undergo several trials to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commencement of the corridor. At the initial levels, the operators will run the trains, but gradually, they will be replaced by driverless operations on the UTO mode.  The section from Kalindi Kunj till Kalkaji Mandir consists of seven elevated stations. Civil works on all the stations are complete, only the finishing activities are in progress. Soon, the trial runs will be expanded to the other stations of the corridor.

The depot has been built at Kalindi Kunj which will cater to the Janakpuri West to Botanical garden corridor. Its stabling sheds will be elevated on a separate deck at Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh metro station and will be powered by solar panels. Passengers will no longer have to stand in long queues waiting for passengers ahead of them to swipe their cards or tokens to enter the station. The DMRC demonstrated the ‘open mode’ automatic fare collection (AFC) gate at the Botanical Garden metro station. Moreover, this section of the new line will have platform screen doors, which will be the first time in Phase III metro. This section will also be the first to be operated using the Communication Based Train Control signalling technology which will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.

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Although, many previously set deadlines have past, we are still waiting for the new Magenta Line to start its quicker and better metro service within the expected deadline, which is likely to be by the end of November.

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