New Delhi, May 13: Mumbai Airport’s Terminal 2 will no longer hold the coveted record for having the tallest escalator in India as Delhi Metro’s soon-to-be launched Magenta Line will now take over the title. The Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section which is scheduled for operation this month will see the Janakpuri West interchange station having the tallest escalator at a height of 15.6 metres. Until now, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s terminal 2 held the record and boasted of elevator with a height of 11.6 metres.

The total horizontal length of the escalators is 35.3 metres and it weighs approximately 26 tonnes. As per Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson, the height of the escalators is equivalent to the height of a five-storey building and hence by installing the mammoth structure, a 250-tonne crane was used to establish the escalators. Till now, only Kashmere Gate in Delhi had the longest escalators.

The Magenta Line station is at least 17 metres below the ground level and hence four extra-long escalators will connect the underground station with that of the elevated station. The new line which has a interchange station, will soon get connected with all the major stations such as the IGI-Terminal 1, Munirka, Hauz Khas, Nehru Place as well as Botanical Garden. The interchange station will be the already existing Janakpuri West metro station.

An additional of 53,700 commuters are most likely to use the new Magenta Line and also the interchange station said DMRC official. As of now, at least 15,000 commuters use the Janakpuri West metro station.