Week before Magenta-Line launch, Delhi Metro train crashes into wall

Mishap on Delhi Metro’s yet-to-be-opened Magenta Line

Week before Magenta-Line launch, Delhi Metro train crashes into wall

The train was to be part of the Botanical Garden - Kalkaji Mandir service and was to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25.

Once this new section is functional, commuters will be able to travel directly from Botanical Garden Metro Station to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line. The new line will make it easier and faster for Noida residents to travel to south Delhi.

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A driverless train belonging to Delhi Metro's Magenta Line that will be officially inaugurated on Christmas Day, crashed through a wall during a test run. This is the first line of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) that will be operated using the brand-new signalling system - Communication-Based Train Control.

Earlier, a commuter had to take a train from the Botanical garden, cross ten stations to reach Mandi house (taking 29 minutes) and then change another Metro from there and cross another ten stations to reach Kalkaji in about 28 minutes. This will save half an hour and the distance will be covered in just 50 minutes.

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To go to Gurgaon, passengers will have to change from the Magenta Line to Hauz Khas Station. Possible the rest of the Magenta line is to be operational by late in 2018.

The launch of the long corridor from Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West will also mark 15 glorious years of the Delhi Metro.

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Moreover, the new trains on this line have digital screens and colourful seats, and the platforms are equipped with platform screen doors which function as protective barriers. With the introduction of the Magenta Line, the Botanical Gardens will be the first such interchange station located outside the NCR.

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