New Delhi, The Dwarka-Najafgarh Metro section of Delhi Metro’s Grey Line was flagged off on Friday by Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the presence of a host of eminent dignitaries.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from West Delhi, Mr Parvesh Sahib Singh, MLA (Matiala), Mr Gulab Singh and Japan’s Ambassador to India, Mr Kenji Hiramatsu were the other dignitaries present on the dais. The flagging off ceremony took place here at Metro Bhawan at 1100 hrs and passenger services on the section will commence from 1700 hrs.
Appreciating the Delhi Metro for its rapid expansion, Mr Puri said, ‘The first section of Delhi Metro opened in 2002 and in 17 years, Delhi Metro has expanded to 377 kilometres. It is one of the most comprehensive and in terms of distance covered, one of the most successful urban transport systems in the world.’
Mr Kejriwal congratulated DMRC on the opening of the section and said, ‘Delhi Metro has played a vital role in the development of the city. As the Delhi Metro expands further, more people are likely to shift to Metro, thereby, reducing pollution caused by vehicles.’
Mr Kejriwal said, ‘Years of wait for the people of Najafgarh is over. Now people can reach any corner of Delhi in maximum of one hour.’ He said Delhi Metro has reduced the burden of traffic on the city buses. Mr Kejriwal said 25 per cent pollution has reduced in the city.
Mr Gahlot said, ‘It is a historic day as many colonies and villages in Najafgarh as well as Matiala will be benefitted by this connectivity. This section is being expanded up to Dhansa Bus Stand because of which many more villages till the border of Haryana will come under the Metro network.’
The Delhi Transport Minister said, ‘A historic moment for me as a Nazafgarh resident and a Nazafgarh MLA.’ . ‘The Metro has reached Nazafgarh after 21 years of long wait. From today, Najafgarh will be seen on the map of Metro,’ he added.
West Delhi’s Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Parvesh Sahib Singh commended the efforts made by DMRC towards pollution control and Swachh Bharat Mission and said that Delhi Metro was generating about one third of its energy needs through renewable power sources.
Japan’s Ambassador to India, Mr Kenji Hiramatsu said, ‘Japan is proud of partnering with Delhi Metro both technically and financially. Japan is also supporting the other Metro projects in India based on the success of Delhi Metro.’
In his welcome address, DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr Mangu Singh said, ‘All the three stations on this section have been rated as ‘platinum’ for their adherence to green building norms. Continuing with its efforts for energy conservation, DMRC has installed solar power plants on two elevated stations of this corridor.’
With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network has now become 377 kilometres long with 274 stations (including the Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor).
The 4.295 km-long-corridor comprises of three stations – Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh.
This stretch will connect the outer Delhi locality of Najafgarh with the rest of the city.
The Dwarka-Najafgarh Metro corridor, colour-coded the grey line, is on Standard Gauge.
Out of the length of 4.295 kms, 2.754 kms are elevated and 1.541 kms are underground.
While Dwarka and Nangli are elevated stations, Najafgarh is underground.
The Najafgarh Metro station, a dumbbell-shaped station, has come up at the extremely busy
Delhi Gate intersection of Najafgarh locality in the Capital.
This section was not sanctioned with the rest of Phase 3 work started in 2015.
A peak hour frequency of seven minutes and 30 seconds will be maintained on this stretch. The total travel time on this section will be six minutes and 20 seconds.
This section is being further extended till Dhansa Bus Stand by 1.18 kilometres. This section is expected to be completed by December, 2020.