Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on 25th December to inaugurate the Delhi Metro’s new Magenta Line, a train running on the same line has reportedly met with an accident. The accident happened during the trial run of the metro. The metro reportedly slammed into a wall. No reports of casualties have been reported. The Delhi Metro officials haven’t issued any statement clarifying the details of the accident as yet. The incident took place at Kalindi Kunj depot. Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden corridor of the Delhi Metro (Magneta Line) on December 25. The Magneta Line of the Delhi Metro will reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi. After the new section of the Delhi Metro is opened, commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line.
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Delhi Metro Train crashed into the wall. It happened at Kalindi Kunj depo. PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Botanical Garden on the Kalkaji Mandir stretch (Magenta Line) on December 25. pic.twitter.com/vyozISos01
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Trains on the Magenta line will be the first to be driverless in the history of the Delhi Metro. However, drivers will be present on the trains for some time. The train will travel through nine stations – Kalkaji Mandir, Okhla NSIC, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden. Delhi Metro officials aren’t commenting on the issue at the moment.
“A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall. No person was injured in the incident,” the Delhi Metro said in a statement. “MD, DMRC has ordered a high level enquiry into this incident by a committee of three officers of the rank of Executive Directors. “Prima facie it appears, to be a case of human error and negligence and appropriate action will be taken after the inquiry,” it said.
The Botanical Garden station has been developed as Delhi Metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi. 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.
More details are awaited on the incident.