Delhi Metro's Christmas gift: 'Magenta line' to cut time between Noida to South Delhi

The opening of this corridor is expected to bring down the travel time by approx 40 minutes. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 19, 2017, 08.44 AM (IST)

With Christmas around the corner, the DMRC has announced a gift for the daily commuters this year. 

People commuting between Noida to south Delhi will reach home early as Delhi Metro has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate its newly constructed Magenta line on December 25. 

The 12.64-km Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section will be open for public from the same day.

The section will provide an additional and more direct connectivity as commuters travelling from Noida to South Delhi can get off at Kalkaji Mandir station instead of changing trains at Rajiv Chowk.

The opening of this corridor is expected to bring down the travel time by approximately 40 minutes.

Botanical Garden which currently sees a footfall of 30,000 commuters, as the Blue Line makes a pit-stop there is expected to rise to 97,780 commuters as it turns into the first interchange station in Noida.

The to be inaugurated Magenta line offers its commuters to travel in the first 'driverless' trains of Delhi Metro. It has platforms that are equipped with screen doors which function as protective barriers.

The section has nine stations in which Kalkaji Mandir is underground and the others are elevated.

Nine stations which fall under this portion are - Botanical Garden, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji Mandir.