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Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir metro line to cut travel time to 19 minutes

Bhubaneswar, December 24, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a stretch of the new Magenta line of the Delhi Metro on Monday. The line connects Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi.

The Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir metro line will bring down the travel time between Noida and south Delhi to 19 minutes from over an hour.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister will also address a public meeting in Noida.

The new line represents one more link in the Union Government’s push to modernize urban transport in the country. It represents the drive towards technology-centric, and environment-friendly mass rapid urban transport systems.

This is the third metro line to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in 2017. He had earlier dedicated the Kochi Metro to the nation in June, and the Hyderabad Metro in November. As on both those occasions, the Prime Minister will travel on a stretch of this new line, before arriving at the venue of the public meeting.

In January 2016, the Prime Minister, and the then French President Francois Hollande travelled from Delhi to Gurgaon, to jointly lay the foundation stone of the headquarters of the International Solar Alliance. More recently, in April 2017, Modi and the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled by metro to the Akshardham Temple.

In keeping with the objective of enhancing connectivity through mass rapid transit systems, the Union Government has launched nine metro projects covering a stretch of nearly 165 km over the past three and a half years. Five new Metro Rail Projects covering a total length of over 140 km have been approved. Metro Lines of around 250 km length are proposed to be commissioned over the next two years.

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