Date of Post: 01 Sept, 2017
NEW DELHI: DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) is going to open the 13.5km long Magenta Line from Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden next month.
This will be the Delhi Metro’s Ist stretch where driverless trains will run. Though initially the trains will have operators, they will run on the UTO (Unattended Train Operation) mode. DMRC planning to complete the Phase-3 expansion of its network by March 2018 with the commissioning of the Magenta Line and the Pink Line (Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar).
- Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC said,”We are confident of opening the line and the first section to be opened will be the Kalkaji-Botanical Garden section of Line 8 (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden).”
- He said,”The exact date of opening will depend on the statutory clearances.”
- The safety inspection of the section by the CMRS (Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety) is slated to begin from the first week of September, Singh said.
- The DMRC will need a go-ahead from the CMRS to finalise the date of starting commercial runs on the section.
- The Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section is the first one where the new signalling technology CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) will be used.
- A DMRC spokesperson said, CBTC signalling system was used in the Kochi Metro, also by DMRC, but the system to be used in Magenta Line will have higher levels of automation.