DELHI METRO’S UNMANNED MAGENTA LINE TO BE OPERATED BY DRIVERS FOR A FEW YEARS, INAUGURATION BY MODI TODAY

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The Hush Post: ‘Unattended train operations’ of  Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday afternoon, will begin only after stringent trials and will be operated by drivers for a few years, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said. A section of Noida’s Botanical Garden station to be inaugurated today will be a new route that is expected to reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi by 45 minutes. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also attend the opening ceremony, while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will not be a part of the inauguration ceremony.

Noida passengers travelling to Faridabad will be able to switch trains at Kalkaji Mandir on the violet line. The new Magenta Line, 12.64-km section, part of the upcoming Botanical Garden (Noida)-Janakpuri West (Delhi) corridor, has nine stations. Commuters will be able to travel directly to the Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station from Botanical Garden in 19 minutes. The section will be ready for public use around 5pm after Modi inaugurates it at 2pm.The Magenta Line will be extended to Janakpuri by March next year.

The new train will also offer lumbar support and backrests near the wheelchair areas so that even if a commuter is standing, they can do so comfortably. The magenta line metro will also feature USB ports to connect phone charging cables directly without a power adapter. Later, wi-fi connectivity will be available, DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) officials said. Fully programmable LCD screens that will display videos, graphics and other information will be available on these trains. 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.

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