New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to open the metro services on the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor (Line 9) connecting Dwarka (on the blue line) to Najafgarh area of Delhi today from 5 pm. The Dwarka–Najafgarh corridor (Grey Line) formally flagged off today by Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot. Here is all about you need to know about the new section (Dwarka–Najafgarh line):-
Najafgarh Metro Station is an 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.
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.
Grey Line UpdateThe Dwarka – Najafgarh corridor will be formally flagged off on 4th October, 2019 by Sh. Hardeep S Puri, Hon’ble MoS (I/C) Housing & Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation and MoS Commerce & Industry and Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi. — Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) September 30, 2019
After the opening of the Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor, the Delhi Metro will cover a total length of 347.65 km along with 253 metro stations.