While the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety was wrapping up safety inspections yesterday evening on the Violet Line in Old Delhi, the operations staff of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation slowly pulled a new Hyundai Rotem train through the 38.23 km Magenta Line’s 14 km tunnels between Kalkaji Mandir Station and Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Terminal 1 Station in south Delhi.
This mid-section of the line is the 3rd and final stretch where trial runs will begin as soon as electrification & other sub-system installation works are completed. At this time, it isn’t known how much time the entire end-to-end activity took or whether the train was able to make its way back to the line’s Kalindi Kunj Depot in south-east Delhi.
The train was pulled by a battery powered locomotive (BPL) through 9 new underground stations at Nehru Enclave, Greater Kailash (GK-2), Chirag Delhi, Panchsheel Park, Hauz Khas, IIT, RK Puram (RKP), Munirka, Vasant Vihar and 1 elevated station at Shankar Vihar:
Images shot at different stations en route:
Video shared on Twitter last night:
Just in: DMRC today pulled a train through the 14 km Kalkaji – IGI section of the Magenta Line using a battery powered loco✌️ pic.twitter.com/jWJEMgr4p0
— The Metro Rail Guy (@TheMetroRailGuy) May 23, 2017
Update – Another video:
— The Metro Rail Guy (@TheMetroRailGuy) May 24, 2017
Magenta Line’s Status
• Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir (Elevated, 12 km) – Trial runs started in June 2016. Finishing works are underway at Kalkaji and Okhla NSIC. Likely launch: June/July 2017
• Kalkaji Mandir – IGI Airport Terminal 1 (Underground, 14 km) – Trial runs are yet to begin. Sub-system installation & finishing works are underway. Expected launch: December 2017 – March 2018
• IGI Airport Terminal 1 – Janakpuri West (Underground, 10 kms) – Trial runs started in December 2016. Finishing works are underway. Expected launch: September 2017 – March 2018
It’s still uncertain whether the two underground stretches will start together or separately. Stay tuned to find out!
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