Noida celebrated Christmas with the Delhi Metro launching the Magenta line, one of the landmark constituent of its third phase that reduces the travel time between Noida and South Delhi to just 19 minutes.
The 12.64 km line that was inaugurated begins from Botanical Garden Metro Station and ends at Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, is Metro’s edition of the DND Flyway. Passing over the Yamuna, it makes it faster to commute between the two cities by almost a third of what it was earlier (52 minutes, via Mandi House).
Before December 25, passengers had to pass through 22 stations, also comprising an interchange at Mandi House, to reach Kalkaji from Botanical Garden. Now, a ride on the Magenta line means cheaper travel too; earlier it was Rs 50 via Mandi House, now it will cost Rs 30.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inaugurated the line and embarked on the Metro from the Botanical Garden station till the Okhla Bird Sanctuary station, the only two stations on the line that are within Noida. The remaining seven stations till Kalkaji Mandir are located within Delhi.
This line began its formal operations for the general public on the same day at 5 pm. Trains on this line have been technologically designed to work according to a new signaling technology known as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) that facilitates Unattended Train Operations (UTO). However, drivers will be stationed within the trains for the subsequent couple of years.
This is just the beginning of the glad tidings for commuters. In March 2018, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will launch the complete Botanical Garden – Janakpuri West passageway, linking it to IGI’s domestic terminal. The Magenta line provide connectivity to more south Delhi areas with Noida, in addition to interchange conveniences at Hauz Khas station, from where it will connect to the Yellow line from Gurgaon.
Moreover, the line also connects several new South Delhi areas through the Metro network. Over and above to being a blessing for Noida denizens who commute to south Delhi or Faridabad, the Magenta line also facilitates South Delhi dwellers visiting the trade and amusement center at Sector 18 in Noida and for nature lovers keen to see a variety of feathered species at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary. The Kalkaji Mandir interchange station also offers a spacious parking area.
The newly operational stretch of the Magenta Line has connected via Metro areas of Delhi that lacked connectivity and had poor transport system. Jamia Millia Islamia students can now commute using the Metro right next to the vicinity of their university.
Close to the Jamia campus is the tumultuous Zakir Nagar main road, which seeps into Jamia Nagar, a mesh of narrow, crammed lanes. This area will be more organized in terms of reachability with the Metro taking over.
The Magenta Line will minister to a large number of densely inhabited pockets in the area. While the Jamia Millia station will serve areas like Zakir Nagar, Mehboob Nagar and Batla House; the Okhla Vihar station will cater to equally congested regions such as Nai Basti, Mujeeb Bagh, Jamia Nagar and Abul Fazal Enclave.
Going on the lines of the Chandni Chowk Metro station that had brought the walled city within reach of the food connoisseurs all over Delhi, Jamia Millia station unveils the illustrious food street of Zakir Nagar, known for its biryani, kheer and other delicacies to the world of Delhi’s food aficionados.