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Delhi’s new ‘driver-less’ Metro line: Here’s all the new amenities & stations

Delhi’s new ‘driver-less’ Metro line: Here’s all the new amenities & stations

If you have had to change trains at Rajiv Chowk, you are certainly going to breathe easy once this line is fully functional.

Incorporated in May 1995, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRRC) has been working relentlessly to ensure that every part of the National Capital Region (NCR) is connected via the metro services.

The first line, which was the red line, began service in the year 2002 and since then there has been no looking back.

The Delhi Metro also holds the distinction of being the world’s 12th longest metro system in length and 16th largest in ridership.

Delhi metro
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

Adding yet another feather in their cap, DMRC will be introducing the Magenta line, which will begin service this month. What’s unique about this line is that it is going to be a ‘driverless’ train.

Commuters will travel in technologically advanced and energy-efficient trains on the new sections where DMRC is putting in place a new signalling system known as the communication-based train control (CBTC). However, the trains equipped with the unattended train operation (UTO) feature will run without a driver only after about two years of operation, reported Hindustan Times.

“This is because our operators too need to get used to the new signalling system. So for the first two years, drivers will run them. The trains will have WiFi facility,” a metro official said.

Magenta line going driverless soon
Photo Source: Delhi Metro line

For residents of Noida, this new line comes as a huge relief. From having to change trains at Mandi house, they can now travel up to Kalkaji Mandir and change from there onwards.

If you have had to change trains at Rajiv Chowk, you are certainly going to breathe easy once this line is fully functional.

Rajiv Chowk is one among the few stations that are almost always jam-packed. Getting in and out of a train at this station is nothing short of a miracle in itself.

The ever busy Rajiv Chowk
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

“Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas. This will help in decongesting Rajiv Chowk, which is currently the interchange point for travellers between Noida and Gurgaon,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), as reported in Financial Express.

Here is a list of stations on the Magenta line:

Janakpuri West – interconnects with Blue Line
Janakpuri C-2B
Dabri Mor
Dashrath Puri
Sadar Bazar
Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport Indira Gandhi International Airport
Shankar Vihar
Vasant Vihar
R.K Puram
Hauz Khas – interconnects with Yellow Line
Panchsheel Park
Chirag Delhi
G.K Enclave
Nehru Place
Kalkaji – interconnects with Violet Line
Mathura Road/NH-2
Okhla Phase 3
Ishwar Nagar
Jamia Nagar
Okhla Vihar
Jasola Vihar
Kalindi Kunj
Yamuna River
Botanical Garden

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