Just days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is about to inaugurate the new Magenta Line between Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden, a metro train, which was on trial run, reportedly rammed into a wall at the Kalindi Kunj depot, New Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.
No casualties have been reported so far. Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has set up a high-level committee comprising three officers to probe the mishap. Prima Facie, it appears to be a case of human error and negligence, the DMRC stated.
MD, DMRC has ordered a high level inquiry into this incident by a committee of three officers. Prima facie it appears, to be case of human error and negligence& appropriate action will be taken after the inquiry: Delhi Metro— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2017
The metro authorities earlier on Tuesday had stated that they will eventually employ driverless trains. The train connect nine stations – Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NSIC, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden.
The prime minister is scheduled to inaugurate the Magenta Line on December 25, DMRC said. The new Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro will reduce the travel time between Noida and South Delhi. The commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line.
This section of the Delhi Metro will be the model for the first-of-its-kind signalling system, called the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC).
The takeaway for commuters from Magenta Line is that it will reduce the plying time between Kalkaji and the Botanical Garden to just 19 minutes, as compared to the current 52 minutes that one has to spend on the Blue and Violet lines to get to the destination.