New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a ride today on Delhi Metro’s new Magenta Line connecting the capital with neighbouring Noida for the first time.
A 12.6-km section of the line connects south Delhi’s Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden. PM Modi flagged off the new metro, decked with marigold flowers, from Noida and travelled to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary station.
The launch was shadowed by sparring over Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal not being invited – though his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath of the BJP was.
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh accused the Modi government of “hatred” towards Arvind Kejriwal, terming the Delhi Chief Minister’s exclusion from the launch function “cheap mentality”.
Magenta Line is the third metro line to be inaugurated by PM Modi in 2017. He had earlier “dedicated the Kochi Metro to the nation in June, and the Hyderabad Metro in November.