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Everything you would want to know about Delhi's driverless new Magenta line metro

The new route will be a great relief for people commuting from Noida to South Delhi and vice versa. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 23, 2017, 12.00 PM (IST)

The new magenta line Metro which is supposed to be a "Christmas gift" for the people of Noida and Delhi will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on 25th December.

Post-inauguration, the metro will be open to the general public after 5 pm

The new route is expected to cut down the travel time between south Delhi and Noida by as much as 40 minutes. 

The metro line will connect Kalkaji in south Delhi to Botanical Garden in Noida.

The new metro will have platform screen doors (PSDs) and a high-tech signalling technology for movement of trains.

 The 12.64-km stretch between Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden will be covered in 19 minutes. 

The route will have nine stations which include Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC, Kalkaji Mandir, Botanical Garden Metro station and Okhla Birds Sanctuary.

The metro ride from Botanical Metro to Kalkaji Mandir will cost commuters Rs 30.

The new route will be a great relief for people commuting from Noida to South Delhi and vice versa. With the Blue and Violet lines of the metro interchanging at Mandi House, it would take 52 minutes between Noida and South Delhi. The new magenta line will reduce this time to just 19 minutes. 

According to DMRC authorities, 10 trains would operate on the new line. The coaches will have LED information display, power charging capacity and colourful seats of different shades. The width of a coach is 3.2 metres which can accommodate 35-40 people extra in every coach of this line.

One of the unique features of the new route is that the metro on the magenta line will run driverless. The Delhi Metro had said the trains would be fully automated, capable of running without a human in the driver's cab, but that a person would be placed in the cab for the first two to three years of operations. 

Also, Platform screen doors (PSDs) are being used for the first time to enhance the commuter safety.