1. PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section of the newly-built Magenta Line on Monday. UP 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.
2. The 12.64-km stretch of the Magenta Line, interspersed with nine stations, has many firsts to its credit, including platform screen doors (PSDs) and a hi-tech signaling technology for movement of trains.
3. Metro’s new generation trains, which can operate without drivers, will run on this section aided by the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling technology. This new-age signaling system can facilitate movement of metro trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.
4. 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 traveling through Blue and Violet Lines between the old stations takes 52 minutes, with interchange facility at Mandi House station.
5. 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.
6. 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 percent energy compared to the existing coaches.
7. The new metro trains will also feature colorful 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.
8. DMRC authorities said that 10 metro trains would operate on this new line, while two would be kept on reserve, one each at Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden stations. Initially, Metro trains will operate with a frequency of five minutes and 15 seconds on this section.
9. The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever interchange station outside the partition of Delhi.
10. 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 traveling towards Faridabad side.