(This story originally appeared in
on Sep 29, 2019)
will finally get connected to theDelhi Metro
network. The 4.3km Dwarka-Najafgarh section ofGrey Line
is going to open to the public next week.
“The Dwarka–Najafgarh metro corridor is now ready for operations. It will open within a week. It will comprise three stations– Dwarka, Nangli and Najafgarh. After the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 377 kilometres with 274 stations and 4,788 trips every day,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director, corporate communications, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC
Trains will be available on the corridor with a frequency of seven minutes and 30 seconds throughout the day. Three trains will initially operate on the corridor. The total travel time on this section will be six minutes and 20 seconds.
Dayal said that the corridor will connect Najafgarh with the rest of the city, thanks to the interchange facility with the Blue Line at Dwarka. “This metro corridor is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the streets of the Najafgarh area. Construction of this section is also an engineering masterpiece as it took place in the congested and high traffic areas,” he added.
This section was not sanctioned with the rest of the Phase-III, and the work started only in 2015. This section will be further extended till Dhansa bus stand by December, 2020.
After Dwarka Sector-21, Dwarka will now become the second interchange facility in the Dwarka sub-city and the 28th interchange station of the network.
About 2,000 square metres of additional parking space has been provided at the station, apart from elaborate multimodal integration with provisions of pick and drop by e-rickshaws, autorickshaws and buses.
The Najafgarh metro station has come up at the extremely busy Delhi Gate intersection of Najafgarh locality. “There were challenges as the entry and exit points had to be located in a crowded location in such a way that they would be properly accessible to the public. Therefore, the final station box has expansions as well as contractions at multiple locations, giving it the shape of a dumbbell. It has the longest underground station box in the entire network,” Dayal said.
“The corridor will generate 597 kilowattpeak (kWp) energy through solar power every day, which will be used for station lighting and operating ticketing machines and automatic fare collection gates,” he added.
Grey Line will be the last corridor of Delhi Metro’s Phase III to be operationalised.