The Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is going to shorten the commuting distance between Noida's Botanical Garden to South Delhi's Kalkaji to just 16 minutes by covering 8 stations, an almost 70 percent drop in the travelling distance, from the present 52 minutes.
The line, set to be flagged off this month-end or early next month, is part of Delhi Metro’s Phase-3 expansion and will be covering a total of 25 stations from Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West, with a total travelling time of a little less than an hour.
Currently, however, it is seeing trial runs on the 12.6 km route from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir, and this is the first part of the route that is going to be thrown open first.
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 by interchanging at Mandi House.
The Magenta Line will also connect Indira Gandhi Airport Terminal 1 station directly with Botanical Garden, with the new travel time for airport-bound commuters from Noida estimated to be 38 minutes.
The start of the line will also see Botanical Garden as the first metro interchange station outside Delhi-NCR’s borders.
Travellers from Noida to Faridabad will soon be able to change trains at Kalkaji Mandir and go directly to Faridabad in 36 minutes as opposed to 58 minutes at present.
Once the second extension of the Magenta Line opens up from Kalkaji Mandir to Janakpuri West, travelling time between Noida and Gurgaon will come down to 50 minutes, a 40-minute reduction from the previous travel time, with only one interchange at Hauz Khas.
Other notable features of the Magenta Line include the deepest station in the Delhi Metro till date which is going to be the upcoming Hauz Khas station of this line and of the Yellow line, beating the previous record set by Chawri Bazaar, which is at a depth of 22 metres.
The Magenta Line has planned interchanges with the Yellow, Blue and Violet lines of the Delhi Metro network at Hauz Khas, Janakpuri West and Kalkaji Mandir respectively.
The Magenta Line was initially targeted for completion by December last year.