Delhi Metro is likely to have a new route by the end of this month, as the 12.6-km Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section of the Magenta Line has got conditional safety approval, PTI reported on Sunday. The line will reduce travel time between Noida and South Delhi.

Kalkaji Mandir is a station on the Violet Line in South Delhi, and Botanical Garden is located on the Blue Line in Noida. When the Magenta Line is completed, it will connect Kalkaji Mandir to Janakpuri in West Delhi. Botanical Garden will be the first interchange station in the metro network to lie outside Delhi.

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety gave the necessary approval for the route after inspections held between November 13 and November 15, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said in a release. The approval is conditional, and the date for opening of the line will be announced after some more requirements are fulfilled.

The corridor will be the first for Delhi Metro to use communication-based train control signalling technology that will allow train frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.