Delhi Metro is going to open the 13.5km long Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden section of Magenta Line next month.
This will be the first section of Delhi Metro where commuters will travel in `Driver-less’ trains. Though initially the trains will have operators, they will run on the Unattended Train Operation (UTO) mode. Due to the state-of-the-art technology being used in this line, the trial period has been unusually long.
“We are confident of opening the line and the first section to be opened will be the Kalkaji-Botanical Garden section of Line 8 (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden),” managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Mangu Singh told . “The exact date of opening will depend on the statutory clearances,” he added.
Singh said that the safety inspection of the section by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is slated to begin from the first week of September. The corporation will need a go-ahead from the CMRS to finalise the date of starting commercial runs on the section.
The section will not only put many areas of southeast Delhi on the Metro map, like Okhla, Jamia Millia Islamia, Shaheen Bagh and Sukhdev Vihar but also bring Faridabad closer to Noida. At present, commuters travelling from Faridabad towards Noida or vice versa interchange at the Mandi House station.After start of the new sec tion, Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden stations will also offer interchange options for Violet Line (Escorts Mujesar-Kashmere Gate) passengers.