DELHI (Metro Rail News): Hon’ble Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal & Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot flags off The 4.29 kilometre-long Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor of Delhi Metro’s Grey Line today at Metro Bhavan. Passenger services on the section will commence from 5 pm on Oct 4, 2019.
The Grey Line section has three stations Dwarka, Nangli and Najafgarh. While Dwarka and Nangli are elevated stations, Najafgarh is underground.
The opening of the stretch has put Najafgarh for the first time on the Delhi Metro map, which will be now connected with the rest of the network.
The section has an interchange at the Dwarka station, where commuters can change to Blue Line, which connects Dwarka Sector-21 to Noida Electronic City and Vaishali in Ghaziabad.
Trial runs on the Dwarka-Najafgarh stretch had begun in July. Earlier this week, the corridor got a safety approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to begin passenger operations on the stretch.
The section is being further extended by another 1.18 kilometres till Dhansa Stand, which is slated for completion by December 2020.
The opening of the corridor is expected to give a boost to connectivity and ease commuting to Najafgarh.
Glimpses of Inauguration
Delhi Metro Rail Network
The Delhi Metro will cover a total length of 347.65 km along with 253 metro stations, After the opening of the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor,
|Corridor Name:||Dwarka-Najafgarh Corridor (Line-9)|
|Length:||4.295 km (Elevated-2.754 km, Underground-1.541 km)|
|Stations:||3 (2 elevated and 1 underground)|
|Stations Name:||Dwarka, Nangli, Najafgarh|
|Line Colour Code:||Grey|
Dumble Shape Metro Station
Najafgarh Metro Station is unique and first of its kind metro station that has been constructed in dumbbell-shaped due to the lack of space in the area and to decongest the traffic flow across the roads.
According to DMRC, Najafgarh Metro station was initially planned in the regular rectangle shape like other stations but when the construction work began on-ground, some of the private lands could not be acquired for the project. Due to this DMRC had no other option but to plan the metro station with the land which was available to them.
The dumbbell-shaped metro station has been completed in such a way that the station area will shrink by a few meters in the middle, but the metro engineers have not compromised with the space required for passenger movement in either the ticketing area or the platform area.
Completion of Phase III
After the opening of the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor, all stations of the Delhi Metro under Phase-III project will become functional. However, due to land issue a small section between Mayur Vihar Pocket I and Trilokpuri on Pine Line not yet completed. The construction work on Phase III was started in December 2011 and the completion was expected in 2016. But due to delay in various reasons the DMRC has missed the various deadlines of the Phase III project and expected to get completed by 2020.
More than 20 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were used simultaneously to expedite the work in Phase III and work on the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor was completed in March 2019. The trial run of the metro train was started in the month of June and completed in September recently. The train on the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor will be fed by Najafgarh depot.