New Delhi: The Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will be flagged off next week. This section, comprising of 16 stations, will be the longest opened so far in Delhi Metro’s Phase 3.

“The 25.6km long Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir metro corridor will be formally flagged off by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 28 from the Nehru Enclave metro station," a statement by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

“The dignitaries will flag off the inaugural train from Nehru Enclave and then travel to Hauz Khas. Passenger services on the stretch will begin from the next day," the Delhi Metro statement added.

With the opening of the Janakpuri-Kalkaji stretch, the entire 38.2km long Janakpuri-Botanical Garden Magenta line, covering the city’s arterial Outer Ring Road, will become operational.

The highlights of this corridor will be the two new interchange facilities that will come up at Janakpuri West (with the Dwarka-Noida/Vaishali Blue Line) and Hauz Khas (with the HUDA City Centre-Samaypur Badli Yellow line).

The domestic terminals of the Delhi airport will also get directly connected by the metro. Commuters travelling from Gurugram will now be able to change trains at Hauz Khas to reach South Delhi and Noida.

With the commissioning of this section, the entire Delhi Metro corridor will expand to 278km with 202 stations. After the opening of this section, 88km of Phase 3 corridors would have been commissioned and another 72km are in the final stages of completion.