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.
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.
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.
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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.
“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
Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport Indira Gandhi International Airport
Hauz Khas – interconnects with Yellow Line
Kalkaji – interconnects with Violet Line
Okhla Phase 3