Delhi Metro’s magenta line crashes into wall during a test run

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Delhi Metro's magenta line crashes into wall during a test run

The Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Christmas Day, 25th December, crashed through a wall during a test run. No one was hurt.

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 Courtesy: Republic TV

An initial investigation suggests that the automated brakes of the Metro failed to engage. Two coaches have been badly damaged. The train, which was empty, went through a wall at the Kalindi Kunj depot and barely missed crashing into the ground. In photos, a portion of the engine jutted out of the wall of the metro station.

PM Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch of the Magenta line on December 25. Officials say the event is in question for now.

The Magenta Line is to run between Janakpuri in Delhi and neighbouring Noida.

The 12.64-km section, which will reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month. The new section will connect south Delhi to Noida and save commuters at least 45 minutes. The 52-minute ride will be reduced to just 19 minutes.

Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas. The construction work of two parallel tunnels on this corridor was completed simultaneously. This first happened in the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension in 2002. According to metro officials, the construction of the tunnels was a major engineering challenge as they passed below thickly populated residential as well as commercial areas consisting of schools, temples and hospitals.

The Magenta line will have automated platform screen doors at every station.

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