The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Sunday evening announced that it has received a conditional approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for starting commercial operations on the 12.64 km Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir section of Delhi Metro’s new 38.23 km Magenta Line (Line-8).
As per the DMRC’s press release to the Press Trust of India,
The approval is conditional and based on the compliance of some more requirements. The exact date of opening of the corridor will be intimated after the compliance of all the requirements specified by the CMRS.
From what I hear, these conditions are minor in nature. Once any of them or their count are known, I’ll add them here.
Update – here’s the entire approval letter consisting of 6 pages –
This first section of the line includes 9 stations at Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NSIC, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden – all equipped with semi-height platform screen doors. While Kalkaji Mandir is underground, all other stations are elevated –
Meanwhile, here’s an aerial shot of how the Blue Line (Line-3) and the Magenta Line (Line-8) meet at Botanical Garden in Noida, forming the 1st interchange outside of Delhi –
As stated previously, the line’s launch date is now entirely dependent on the availability of local and national ministers. That’s just how things unfortunately roll.
For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!