CMRS Approves Operations on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Tuesday afternoon announced that they’ve received the final statutory approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for starting commercial operations on the 24.82 km Kalkaji Mandir –  Janakpuri West section of Delhi Metro’s new 38.235 km Magenta Line (Line-8).

The CMRS had conducted a thorough 3-day final inspection of the line between May 8-10, and the approval comes with a set of 37 conditions which the DMRC has to follow/correct prior to opening this final section of the line which will become the longest metro-route to be opened in one go – see Delhi Metro’s history.

Here’s the detailed approval which lists out all the conditions that the DMRC has to comply with. The ones in bold (emphasis not mine) from page 3 onwards seem to be the big ones –

This is the generic announcement made by Anuj Dayal, DMRC’s Executive Director of Corporation Communications, in a brief press release –

The Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has given the mandatory approval for the start of passenger operations on the section between Janakpuri West and Kalkaji Mandir. The exact date of opening of this corridor will be intimated after compliance of the certain conditions and stipulations by DMRC.

Inauguration and commercial launch dates haven’t been announced yet. Most of you know the drill – the date depends on (1) how quickly DMRC takes corrective action in meeting the CMRS’ requirements & suggestions (if any) for safely operating the line, and (2) the availability of local & national ministers wanting to attend the event.

This 24.82 km section of the line includes 16 stations (2 elevated and 14 underground) at Janakpuri West (new station box for interchange with Blue Line), Dabri Mor, Dashratpuri, Palam, Sadar Bazar Cantonment (elevated), IGI Terminal-1, Shankar Vihar (elevated), Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, IIT-Delhi, Hauz Khas (new station box for interchange with Yellow Line), Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, Greater Kailash, GK and Nehru Enclave. Due to a lack of space, I’ve marked only some of the stations below. A full map can be viewed here.

Map of Janakpuri West – Kalkaji section of Magenta Line – view full map and PH3 info

Images from inside the IGI-Terminal 1 Station can be seen here.

FIITJEE won IIT Station’s co-branding/semi-naming rights and gave its entrance structures this gaudy look:

Gate #3 of IIT Station – Photo Copyright: Economic Times

Janakpuri West Station’s interiors look quite refreshing to me:

Concourse level of Janakpuri West Station

Concourse level of Janakpuri West Station

Stay tuned for the inauguration and launch dates to be announced. It’s only a matter of a couple days now.

For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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16 Responses to "CMRS Approves Operations on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line"

  1. Kanishka says:

    Welcome back mate..

    Good coverage!

    Yellow/red livery of IIT station looks very poor. It should have been white-red/ white-blue…don’t know whether they involve exterior designers in colour selection or not..

  2. Pankaj says:

    Hi TMRG,

    1. Any update on DDC appointment on delhi metro phase 4, as last date for applying and opening of bid was in 1st week of May. Has the tender been finalized or dmrc is still waiting for the go-ahead of delhi cabinet. As there are lots of flip-flops from delhi govt as now they are not keen on tughlakabad- airport line which was one of the priority line of dmrc and rithala-narela which will connect to rural hinterland. Surprisingly they have given in-principal approval for all 6 lines in Jan 2017 which you also reported and send files to centre many times with all 3 routes. any comments on these developments?
    2. any update on delhi cabinet meeting for finalization of phase 4 routes?

  3. LALIT RANA says:

    when will entire yellow line start????
    (Samaypur Badli to Siraspur)

  4. Saveri says:

    Couple of days seems too optimistic!

  5. Abuzar Khan says:

    Would be great help to IIT students and to day scholars in particular !

  6. Aditya Benwal says:

    Didnt knew that this is the longest stretch of delhi metro ever to be inagurated in one go. I thought dwarka barakhambha stretch was the longest till date until I saw the history page and realised that it was just 22 km long

  7. Pranit says:

    Any news on ORR line namma metro ?


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