The much-anticipated Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West section of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line is all set to be thrown open for public in the next week.
Earlier, on Thursday, the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) concluded the safety inspection of the 25 km long section and will release the report anytime soon.
The inspection was started on May 8 and DMRC will announce the opening date after a CMRS node.
Last year in December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Botanical Garden (Noida) - Kalkaji Mandir (South Delhi) section of the Magenta Line.
The remaining section of the line will bring the area comprising Vasant Vihar, Munirka, IIT, Greater Kailash, Chirag Dilli closer to Noida and West Delhi.
Moreover, this is the first time that the domestic terminal of the IGI Airport will get a metro link. Besides Yellow Line, the Hauz Khas metro station will also provide inter-connectivity for Magenta Line.
The newly introduced Magenta line will reduce the travel time between Gurugram and Noida by 30 minutes to just 50 minutes, according to DMRC spokesperson.
On the other hand, Blue Line’s Janakpuri West station will become an interchange station and will provide connectivity between West Delhi to areas in south Delhi and Noida.
With these upcoming changes, the first station of the new Phase 3 corridor will be an interchange station and will connect the Blue Line with Terminal 1 of IGIA, Munirka, Hauz Khas, Nehru Place and Botanical Garden.
The Magenta Line will also act as a feeder for the Blue Line as its two metro stations, namely Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden are important stations.
The West Delhi residents will have to go to Rajiv Chowk and change metros in order to visit other parts of Delhi-NCR. With the new corridor, they will get connected to areas such as Palam, Dabri, Mahavir Enclave, Sagarpur and Dashrathpur.
The domestic terminal of the IGI Airport can be reached from most parts of Delhi-NCR. Now, it will just take 20 minutes for passengers from South Delhi to reach the airport.
However, from other parts of NCR, it will take 35 minutes to 50 minutes to reach IGI. With the opening of the new section, the metro will come closer to JNU with Munirka just a kilometre away.
Interestingly, the IIT students will also enjoy a metro station right next to the campus.
"These subways will work as entry/exit structures and also as independent free subways for the pedestrians. All subways have stairs, escalators and lifts," the DMRC spokesperson was quoted while talking about the newly constructed subways on Outer Ring Road.