New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), Janak Kumar Garg has accorded the mandatory approval for the commencement of passenger operations on the 4.295 km long Dwarka-Najafgarh section of Delhi Metro Rail Network. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) has shared this information through its official twitter handle on Thursday. DMRC said that the date for commencement of operations shall be intimated shortly. However, the Transport Department of Delhi Government said that the Dwarka-Najafgarg section will be open on October 3.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot along with Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will flag off the commercial run of metro train on this section. "The 4.29 km long Greyline of Delhi Metro connecting Dwarka & Najafgarh to start operation on 3rd October; Interchange at Dwarka (blue line) and having 3 stations- Dwarka, Nangli & Najafgarh, this line will bring remote areas of Najafgarh on the Metro map", said in an official statement of Transport Department of Delhi. CMRS had carried safety inspection of the Dwarka-Najafgarh section (Line-9) on Wednesday.
This section consists of three stations namely Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh. Of the three stations in Dwarka-Najafgarh metro corridor, Dwarka and Nangli stations are elevated ones, while Najafgarh station is underground. The Dwarka-Najafgarh metro corridor is connected with the Delhi Metro's Blue Line, which connects Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida Electronic City and Vaishali in Uttar Pradesh. After the opening of the section, nearly two lakh commuters are likely to get benefits. The first trial run of the metro train on Dwarka-Najafgarh section was started in the mid of June this year and completed recently. According to the detailed project report (DPR), the Dwarka-Najafgarh line will further be extended by another 1.18 km till Dhansa Stand in Najafgarh by 2020.
This line will connect the village area of Najafgarh. The total operational network of Delhi Metro is at present stands at over 343 km, with 9 corridors and 250 stations. As per data shared by DMRC, an average of about 2.8 million commuters use the Delhi Metro every day.