15 years after Delhi Metro inaugurated its first line on Dec 24, 2002, Delhi NCR is set to receive a Christmas present in Magenta Line today.
The line that connects Kalkaji Mandir station in Delhi to Botanical Garden station in Noida is to be inaugurated by PM Modi at Botanical Garden today. PM Modi will be accompanied by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. The train will be open for public use 5 pm onward. There will be ten trains running on the line with two kept in reserve.
Here’s all you need to know before you board the train today:
1. The train will stop at 9 stations on the line: Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NIC, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar – Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Botanical Garden.
2. The train that runs through a stretch of 12.64 km will reduce the travel time from 52 minutes to 19 minutes. This also brings down the cost of the journey from Rs 50 to Rs 30.
3. Kalkaji-Mandir to Botanical Garden is a section of the Botanical Garden-Janakpuri west (Magenta) corridor. The depot for Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor is located at Kalindi Kunj. Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi.
3. Unattended Train Operation (UTO) enabled trainsrunning on the Magenta Line make it the first unmanned metro line, though it will run under human surveillance for the initial few days. The operational control center (OCC) will supervise the compartments.
4. A visible addition is the public safety net created at stations. Platform screening doors have been built to ensure passengers do not fall on tracks as the train arrives. The glass gate opens only when the train comes to a halt and coach doors open.
5. The train has been brought from South Korea. Japan, France and cities like Vancouver, London, Kuala Lumpur already use variations of such physically unattended train lines.
6. Lighting controls by occupancy sensors (for guarded rooms) have been built and solar plants of 908 kWp installed at nine stations.
7. The train uses CTBC (Communication Based Train Control) signalling technology that allows the train to move with a frequency of 90-100 seconds.
8. The section has the first-ever elevated stabling yard at Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh metro station, where the trains will be parked for maintenance.
9. New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) is being used to cut out tunnels from under the existing metro corridor.
10. An additional number of carbon dioxide sensors at one station have also been been provided. The DMRC referred to plans of harnessing solar energy in an attempt to reduce footprints.