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Okhlaiites get ready to travel by first driverless metro trains from next month

Since the first trial of metro began in Jamia Nagar a few months ago, residents have been asking: when will metro gets operational?

On Thursday, OT.COM ran a story based on off the record conversation with an official. Today a report has surfaced in the Times of India that the Delhi Metro from next month that is most probably October will open the 13.5km long Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden section of Magenta Line.

The new thing is that commuters will travel in ‘driverless’ trains.

“We are confident of opening the line and the first section to be opened will be the Kalkaji-Botanical Garden section of Line 8 (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden),” managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Mangu Singh told TOI. “The exact date of opening will depend on the statutory clearances,” he added.

Earlier it was expected that the Magenta Line will meet its June deadline. However, it missed that deadline and has also missed the September deadline. Now, it is understood that it will be commissioned in phases from October to March.

The operation of the section from next month most probably will put many areas of southeast Delhi on the Metro map, like Okhla, Jamia Millia Islamia, Shaheen Bagh and Sukhdev Vihar.

Informing the daily, Singh said come first week of September, the safety inspection of the section by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will begin. The corporation will need a go-ahead from the CMRS to finalise the date of starting commercial runs on the section, reported TOI.

It was on August 2016 when trial runs between the Kalkaji Mandir and Kalindi Kunj section of the Magenta Line were started.

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