The much-awaited Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir Metro corridor of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line will be inaugurated on Monday. This metro will provide people easy access to the domestic terminal of the Indira Gandhi Airport and will also reduce the commuting time between Noida and Gurgaon to about 50 minutes.
The Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta line will be the longest stretch to be opened at one go so far by Delhi Metro.
The expanse of entire Delhi Metro network will then increase to 277 km with 202 Metro stations after this section opens.
Passenger services on the segment, which has 16 stations - 14 underground, two elevated - will begin from Tuesday at 6 am from the Kalkaji Mandir and Janakpuri West stations simultaneously.
The waiting time during non-peak hours will be six minutes. While the services will start at 6 am on all days, on Sundays, the services will begin at 8 am. The total running time between Botanical Garden and Janakpuri West will be one hour. With the opening of this section, the domestic terminals of the Indira Gandhi Airport are also going to get metro connectivity.
The currently operational Airport Express Link provides metro connectivity to the T3 terminal of the airport from where all international carriers and some domestic airlines fly, Dayal said. However, there is no metro connectivity for the domestic terminals from which the low cost operators fly.
The frequency of trains will be five minutes and 15 seconds during peak hours through the whole section and if passenger traffic demands shorter intermediate loops with higher frequency will be introduced after studying the traffic pattern.
(with PTI inputs)