May 28, 2018
New Delhi, May 28, 2018: The remaining stretch of over 24 kms from Kalkaji Mandir to Janakpuri, of the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line (Line 8) under Delhi Metro's Phase-3 Project, supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was inaugurated today. With the opening of this new stretch, Botanical Garden station in Noida, Uttar Pradesh will be connected to the Janakpuri West in Delhi.
The objective of the Project is to mitigate traffic, reduce air pollution, minimise road accidents and make travel smoother for the people in Delhi and adjoining areas. The fully operational Magenta Line of Delhi Metro having nearly 40 km of route length and 25 metro stations would not only connect adjoining area of Delhi with West Delhi but also open new avenues in overall development by creating a whole new idea of mobility.
The flagging-off ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt. of India and Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Govt. of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The other key dignitaries present at the ceremony were Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India; Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India amongst others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said "The Magenta Line is a symbolic stretch of Delhi Metro Phase-3. Its primary role is to connect the radial lines, spreading the network of Delhi Metro including adjoining area of Delhi. The train connects Noida to Gurgaon, reducing the travel time to the airport and increasing the mobility. More people will be travelling to the airport by metro, and we would see people opting for a secured ride rather than getting stuck in the traffic for hours for the same travel. Adding to the new features of cutting edge technology, Magenta Line will bring a totally new era."
The Magenta Line will have interchanges with Delhi Metro's Yellow, the Blue, and the Violet Lines. Ten operational stations are elevated while the rest of them are underground in this line. The upcoming Hauz Khas metro station on this line will be the deepest constructed Metro station with the depth of around 30 metres, surpassing the current depth set by Chawri Bazaar Metro station of above 20 metres. The Magenta Line will also provide direct connectivity to Terminal 1D of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, making journey easy for travellers for Delhi and Noida.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) is the executing agency of the Project.
The Delhi Metro project is a shining example of Indo-Japanese partnership and has gained success that other Metro projects in India are looking forward to emulating. The newly inaugurated stretch will mitigate the difficulties in Delhi and adjoining areas such as increased traffic congestion, air pollution, road accidents and long journey time.
JICA had extended an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 276,804 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 17,000 crore) for the development of Delhi Metro's Phase 3. JICA has extended a cumulative total of 651,531 million Japanese yen in ODA loans (approximately INR 40,000 crore) for the the Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project since 1997. JICA has extended ODA loans of 1.1 trillion Japanese yen (approximately INR 60,000 crores) for the development of metro systems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
L-R: Mr. Takayoshi Tange, Senior Representative, JICA India; (4th from left) Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India; Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India, at the Nehru Enclave station of Delhi Metro during the partial inauguration of Magenta Line
L-R: Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, MoHUA with Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, riding the newly inaugurated metro
Established by a specific law as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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