The remaining section of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, connecting south Delhi’s Kalkaji Mandir and west Delhi’s Janakpuri West, is set to open “within the next week”, officials said. Once this stretch is operational, commuters from Noida and south Delhi will be able to travel directly to the airport on the Metro.
On Tuesday, the line received the approval from the commissioner of Metro rail safety (CMRS) to start operations, officials from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said. “The CMRS has given the mandatory approval to start passenger operations on the 25.6km-long section between Janakpuri West and Kalkaji Mandir,” a DMRC statement read.
A Metro spokesperson said that the section is likely to be inaugurated “within the next week”, after which it will be opened for commuters. DMRC officials said they are awaiting the completion of some final paperwork before the announcement of inauguration date.
This 25.6km stretch is a part of the 38.23km Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor of the Magenta Line under the Delhi Metro’s Phase III. A 12.6km stretch of this line, connecting Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir, is already operational.