New Delhi: Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate a section of the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on December 25 from Noida and travel to Okhla bird sanctuary station.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath will also be present at the flag-off. Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, was not invited, which might be the only speck of cloud on the otherwise bright ceremony.
The Magenta line is a 12.6 km section that connects south Delhi’s Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden.
Monday will incidentally also mark the 15th anniversary of the Delhi metro, which started as a 8.5 km ‘showcase’ corridor between Shahdara and Tis Hazari in 2002.
In 15 years, the Delhi metro has become one of the most dependable means of transports for Delhiites, stretching over 230 km across the National Capital Region and carrying nearly two and a half million passengers in 3,000 trips every day.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was established in 1995. Construction work on the first corridor quietly began in 1998, with a hoarding propped up near Kashmere Gate, that promised citizens that the Delhi Metro would be ‘coming soon.’
Contrary to all expectations, however, not only that first stretch of the metro, but many more after that were completed before time and without budget overruns.