With electrification complete, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation yesterday evening extended trial runs on its upcoming 38.235 km Magenta Line by a further 3.9 km east to the Botanical Garden station in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. With this, the entire 12 km elevated portion of the line, from Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden, is now being tested to ensure smooth operations prior to its launch in 2017.
The DMRC first started trials on this line between Kalindi Kunj & Okhla Vihar in June 2016, and then extended them to the Kalkaji Mandir station in August. During the trial runs, the DMRC and its contractors will extensively test its new Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system, Over Head Electrification system, Platform Screen Doors, various other sub-systems and the trains’ interaction with the viaduct.
The elevated section (see DMRC’s map) being tested includes 9 stations at Kalkaji Mandir (interchange with Violet Line), Okhla Phase III (AKA Okhla NSIC), Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden (interchange with Blue Line).
The section was built by multiple contractors. List:
• Package CC-23 – Kalkaji Mandir – Lotus Temple Ramp: Pratibha Industries
• Package CC-15 – Lotus Temple Ramp – Yamuna Bridge: Afcons Infrastructure
• Package CC-08 – Yamuna Bridge: SP Singla Constructions
• Package CC-82 – Yamuna Bridge – Botanical Garden: SP Singla Constructions
Images shot at Botanical Garden on Thursday evening:
More images will be added here when available. In the meanwhile, here are some recently shot aerial images of this section I shared via my Twitter handle:
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