NEW DELHI: The Botanical Garden-Kalkalji Mandir stretch of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, that is set to connect South Delhi with Noida, has been granted the necessary approval from Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) and is expected to open by November-end or early December, as per several media reports.
The 12.64 km stretch is set to be the winter gift from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to all South Delhiites travelling to Noida for work, and vice-versa, as it will reduce travelling time by a whopping 70 percent.
The inspection of the stretch was done between November 13-15, the Delhi Metro said.
“However, the approval is conditional and based on the compliance of some more requirements. The exact date of opening of the corridor will be intimated after the compliance of all the requirements specified by the CMRS,” a release from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.
The Botanical Garden station will be connecting Noida directly with Nehru Place and Kalkaji in South Delhi in just under 16 minutes. At present, it takes 52 minutes after interchanging at Mandi House.
Once the entire line is up and running, the travel time from Noida Sector-18 to NHPC Chowk (Faridabad) will be reduced from 58 minutes to 36 minutes, and between Noida City Centre to Jasolla Apollo will also come down from around 50 minutes down to 26 minutes.
Once fully opened, the Magenta Line, will connect Indira Gandhi Airport Terminal I station directly with Botanical Garden and travel time for airport-bound commuters from Noida will come down to be 38 minutes.