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Kalkaji Mandir–Botanical Garden section to be flagged off on Dec 25

NEW DELHI: With the chiming of Christmas bells on December 25, the Delhi Metro network will add another feather to its cap, as the Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden section of Magenta Line will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) stated on Monday.
The 12.64 km long section, having nine stations, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month. Apart from Kalkaji Mandir, all other stations will be elevated.
In 2002, Delhi Metro's first ever corridor, from Dilshad Garden to Rithala, was also inaugurated on December 25, which also happens to be the foundation day of DMRC.
Delhi Metro's Magenta Line – between Botanical Garden –Janak Puri West – will have trains equipped with the latest technology.
A DMRC official said that the new generation of Metro trains on this line will have driverless trains, where an advanced communication based train control (CBTC) signalling technology will facilitate movement of trains, with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.
However, for a starting period of two-three years, these trains will be driven by the metro operators.
Currently, to reach south Delhi, commuters from Noida have to change trains – from Blue Line to Violet Line – at Mandi House Metro Station.
After the Magenta Line section is opened, commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro station, located on the Violet Line, reducing travel time by about 45 minutes.
Botanical Garden is being developed as Metro's first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi, while Kalkaji Mandir will be an interchange station between Magenta and Violet Line.
Meanwhile, once the other section of Magenta Line between Kalkaji Mandir and Janak Puri West becomes operational, travel time between Noida and Gurugram will come down to around 50 minutes, with another interchange at Hauz Khas Metro station.
Presently, the journey from HUDA City Centre in Gurugram to Botanical Garden in Noida takes about 90 minutes, with an interchange at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
The DMRC official said that Noida, for the first time, will directly be connected with the domestic terminals of Indira Gandhi International Airport, and the journey from Botanical Garden station to the airport will take about 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, travel time between Noida Sector-18 station and NHPC Faridabad, which takes around 58 minutes, will come down to 36 minutes – if one changes at Kalkaji Mandir from Magenta to Violet Line.
The official added that the new station building has been connected with the help of a slab about 100 meters long.
"There is platform to platform and concourse to concourse connectivity. Therefore, there is both paid area and unpaid area connectivity," the official highlighted.
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