The Magenta Line of Delhi Metro, which runs between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir stations, will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi at 1.00 pm on Monday. The ceremony will also be attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s was left out from the list of VIP invitees.
As part of the event, PM Modi will travel by metro from Botanical Garden till Okhla Bird Sanctuary station. Following the inauguration, he will address a public meeting at the Amity University Ground in Noida.
The Magenta Line will reduce travel time and cost, making it easier to commute between Kalkaji in South Delhi and Noida. It will also reduce the traffic pressure on Delhi roads.
The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir section of the 36.23 km-line will eventually be extended till Janakpuri in West Delhi, which is scheduled to be functional by March 2018.
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2.40 pm: When I became CM, ppl told me of a few places where no CMs went because they were inauspicious. I was clear I would go to all those places in my first year itself. There were superstitions associated with Noida and in his own style, Yogi Adityanath Ji rose above them and came to Noida: PM Modi
2.35 pm: PM Modi praised the work of CM Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, saying, “I am very happy. Due to his dress, few people find it fashionable to believe that CM Yogi Adityanath is not ‘modern enough’ but it is Yogi Adityanath Ji who has done what CMs of UP never did- he came to Noida. Faith is important but blind faith is not desirable.”
Governance cannot happen when the dominant thought process begins at ‘Mera Kya’ and ends at ‘Mujhe Kya.’ We have changed these mindsets. For us, decisions are about national interest and not political gains: PM Modi in Noida pic.twitter.com/HGDxhDdpt8
— ANI (@ANI) December 25, 2017
2.15 pm: “24th December 2002…Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji took a ride on the metro. This was a historic moment. Since then, it has been 15 years & the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably,” ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.
2.00 pm: Acknowledging UP’s role in strengthening the country, PM said, “It is due to the people of Uttar Pradesh that the nation has got a strong and stable Government. I will always remain grateful to UP for their affection: PM Modi in Noida.”
1.50 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on the occasion of Christmas at the Amity University Ground in Noida. He also took the chance to commemorate the birth anniversary of Indian educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
1.40 pm: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the launch of metro lines in Kanpur and Agra at the public meeting in Noida.
1.30 pm: Accompanying PM Modi at the event were, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief Mangu Singh during the ride, reports PTI.
1.20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public meeting at Amity University Ground in Noida
— ANI (@ANI) December 25, 2017
1.10 pm: PM Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also took a ride of the new Metro after the inauguration of the Magenta Line
1.00 pm: PM Narendra Modi inaugurated a stretch of the new Magenta line of the
12.00 am: The new trains are also colourful — with shades of blue, pink and orange on the seats, and a darker colour indicating the reserved seats. Read | Magenta Line shows off bigger coaches, colour-coded seats in Delhi metro
11.30 am: The new Metro line boasts of bigger coaches, LED screens with destination details, as well as USB charging ports. Every station on this line has platform screen doors.
11.00 am: Take a look at the traffic advisories issued by the Noida Traffic police for today.
🚨🚨🚨 *Traffic Advisory* 🚨🚨🚨
दिनांक 25.12.2017 को *माननीय प्रधानमंत्री, भारत सरकार* के जनपद भ्रमण के अवसर पर यातायात व्यवस्था निम्नानुसार रहेगी। pic.twitter.com/FviNFrhCHs
— Noida Traffic Police (@noidatraffic) December 23, 2017
10.40 am: PM Modi also wrote on Twitter, “This new line of the Delhi Metro is yet another example of how we are modernising urban transportation. I will also travel on the Metro tomorrow. This year I have had the opportunity to inaugurate and travel in the Kochi as well as Hyderabad Metro.”
10.30 am: Ahead of the inauguration of the Magenta Line, PM Modi on Sunday welcomed the opening of this new line and said that travelling between Delhi and Noida “will become faster and more convenient” now.
Great news for friends in the NCR! Tomorrow, a stretch of the Delhi Metro’s new Magenta Line will be inaugurated, connecting Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi. Delhi-Noida travelling will become faster and more convenient. https://t.co/Zv785rEM7V
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 24, 2017
10.00 am: Surprisingly enough for many, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to the event even as both the Delhi government and the Centre are equal partners in the DMRC. An AAP leader said, “The DMRC has not followed protocol — by not inviting the chief minister to the event and by holding the inauguration in Noida. This is without precedent. The Delhi government has an equal stake in the Metro and is a shareholder.” Read | Not on guest list for launch of Metro’s Magenta Line: CM Arvind Kejriwal
9.10 am: The Noida Traffic police has issued advisories in view of the scheduled Magenta Line inauguration ceremony and movement of top dignitaries. The road between Botanical Garden bus stand and Attar Chawk will remain blocked during the initial hours of the day. The traffic will be redirected towards Shashi Chawk and through Nithari Hospital. Noida sector 94, 124, 125 and 126 will also be affected as the traffic movement will be restricted in the day. Read More | Noida Traffic police issues advisory in view of Magenta line inauguration by PM Modi
9.oo am: This Magenta Line is the first to be equipped with a new signalling system — the Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) — that will reduce waiting time from two minutes to 90-100 seconds. One of the advantages of the Magenta Line is that it will reduce the travel time between the two stations (Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir) to 19 minutes from the 52-minute-long journey earlier. Read| Magenta Line of Delhi Metro to be inaugurated on Dec 25: Look out for these new features