Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Delhi Metro Magenta Line
Magenta Metro Line Flagged Off
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Magenta Line of Delhi Metro on Monday, 25 December 2017. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath and the Governor of the state (UP) Ram Naik were also among the important guests present at the inaugural ceremony. The PM and others also took a ride on the newly launched metro line. PM Modi then addressed the public at a ceremony in Amity University where he made an appeal to the people of Delhi to use the metro and other means of public transport and make a collective effort to reduce air pollution in the city.
More About The Magenta Metro
The Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is set to connect the entire stretch from Janakpuri (West) to Botanical Garden, covering a total distance of 36.9 kilometres and covering 25 stations. Currently, only 12.64 kilometres (from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir) of the stretch has been inaugurated but work on the line extending till Janakpuri is expected to be completed by March 2018. Of the 25 stations, the ones between Botanical Gardens and Okhla NSIC and the stations at Sadar Bazaar Cant and Shankar Vihar will be elevated while the rest will all be underground. Currently, some 10 trains will be operational in this line and two standby trains are being kept at the terminal stations. These trains are more energy efficient and save about 20 percent energy over regular metro trains, the DMRC claims.
Features of the Magenta Metro Trains
The Magenta Line Metro has a number of innovative features and additions which will make the commute a very pleasant one. The platform screen doors in each of the station are fully automated. This means that the doors will only open when trains arrive at the platform. The Botanical Garden, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Jamia Milia Islamia, Ishwar Nagar, Okhla NSIC, and Kalkaji Mandir stations have been done up in vibrant themes featuring Delhi’s iconic landmarks, yoga, and natural beauty. The coaches have been fitted with LED displays. The seats are colourful and are equipped with lumbar support backrests. Standing commuters have also been provided backrests and the seating capacity of the coaches can be marginally increased with the help of the equipment provided under the seats. The coaches will also be provided with charging points and additional USB ports to connect the phone’s charging cables without the need for a power adapter.
Driverless Trains In Magenta Line
Driverless trains are likely to be introduced shortly along the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC), an innovative signaling technology will be put to use in these trains. This allows the movement of trains within a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds. The Delhi Metro authorities had explained that these driverless trains will have manual support from roving attendants who will remain onboard. Rigorous testing of the CBTC, the Over Head Electrification (OHE), and the track behaviour system has been conducted since June this year. It is for the first time that the Delhi Metro shall be introducing driverless trains in its network.
One of the greatest advantages of the new Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is the reduced travel time between South Delhi and Noida. Currently, the Kalkaji Mandir station is in South Delhi and the Botanical Garden is a major interchange station in Noida. Prior to the inauguration of this line, commuters had to take the Blue Line from Botanical Garden to Mandi House and change over to the Violet Line from Mandi House to Kalkaji Mandir. This took the commuters about 52 minutes of travel. The current line in operation cuts this short to about 19 minutes.
The Delhi NCR region has been suffering from high levels of pollution and the state and central governments have been doing their best to promote various modes of public transport to curb an increase in the number of vehicles on the streets.
The inaugural ceremony of the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro has undoubtedly attracted its share of controversy. While the UP CM and Governor were both present, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to attend the ceremony. The Aam Aadmi Party has accused the BJP and the Prime Minister of indulging in “cheap politics” by snubbing the Delhi CM. This is also the third time that Kejriwal has not been invited for the launch of a new metro line in Delhi.