Dr. Mehak Jonjua, The Hush Post, Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Magenta Line of Delhi Metro on December 25 at Noida. The 12.64 km section connects Botanical Garden in Noida to Kalkaji Mandir in South Delhi reducing travel times of thousands of daily commuters.
After the launch, he spoke to public assembly at Amity University, Noida. The PM today emphasised on the use of public transport to save on fuel and costs associated with the import of petroleum.
The Botanical Garden Station is Metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside Delhi. Once the entire passage from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, travellers from Noida will be able to go to Gurugram by changing trains at Hauz Khas.
Modi tweeted “This new line of the Delhi Metro is yet another example of how we are modernising urban transportation. I will also travel on the Metro tomorrow. This year I have had the opportunity to inaugurate and travel in the Kochi as well as Hyderabad Metro”.
These new metros will be wi-fi enabled and have a backrest for travellers near wheelchair area with USB port. They also will not have to wait for more than 90 seconds at the platform for the train. The platform screen doors will be fully automated at every station.
Recently, a metro train of the magenta line crashed into a wall at Kalindi Kunj depot after it banged into a ramp while being taken for washing. There were no fatalities reported.