Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch of Delhi Metro Phase-III on 25 December 2017.
The Metro network with a total length of 135.4 km comprising six corridors is being developed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRL). The Delhi Metro Phase-III will entail an investment of Rs 41,079 crore.
The 12.64 km section which has been inaugurated is a part of the 38.23 km long stretch of Botanical Garden-Janakpuri (West) corridor also referred to as the ‘Magenta Line’.
The Magenta Line comprises a total of 25 stations of which nine have been inaugurated. Of these, eight stations are elevated and Kalkaji Mandir is an underground station. Also, the Botanical Garden station is the Metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi.
The stretch will significantly reduce the travel time of commuters travelling from Noida to South Delhi. The line will feature the new-generation trains which can run without drivers, where an advanced Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology will be used. However, for the initial period of two to three years the trains will be run by drivers.
In a first of its kind, the line will see the first fully operational and automated platform screen doors at every station on the line. The line will also cater to two educational institutions — Jamia Millia Islamia and Amity University. The remaining section of Magenta Line is expected to be opened by late 2018. Once the entire Magenta line is operational it will provide connectivity to Terminal 1D of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.