Grey Line opens, to link ru­ral Na­jaf­garh with city

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The 4.3-km Dwarka-Na­jaf­garh sec­tion of Delhi Metro’s Grey Line, which con­nects ru­ral parts of Na­jaf­garh to the rest of the city, was opened to the pub­lic by Union min­is­ter for hous­ing and ur­ban af­fairs Hardeep Singh Puri and chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal at 5pm on Fri­day. The cor­ri­dor com­prises three sta­tions — Dwarka, Nangli and Na­jaf­garh.

Trains will be avail­able on the cor­ri­dor at a fre­quency of 7.5 min­utes. Three trains will op­er­ate on the cor­ri­dor, while a fourth will be added later. The to­tal travel time on this sec­tion is six min­utes and 20 sec­onds.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC). It is now one of the most suc­cess­ful trans­port sys­tems in the world, like those in Lon­don, New York and Moscow. Af­ter Phase-IV, the Delhi Metro net­work will be spread over 480km. If you add the RRTS cor­ri­dor, it will be around 500km,” Puri said.

Puri added that the min­istry is also work­ing on Metro­lite and Metro on tyre. While Metro­lite costs 30% lesser than a metro sys­tem, metro on tyre is even cheaper.

“The 21-year-old wait of the peo­ple of Na­jaf­garh is fi­nally over. Delhi Metro has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the de­vel­op­ment and progress of Delhi,” Ke­jri­wal said.

Trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot said, “Be­fore be­ing the trans­port min­is­ter, I am the MLA of Na­jaf­garh. I know the pain peo­ple liv­ing here face while com­mut­ing. I got emo­tional see­ing tears of joy in the eyes of the peo­ple.”

DMRC MD Mangu Singh said all the three sta­tions on the line are green build­ings with plat­inum rat­ing. They also gen­er­ate solar power that is enough to meet their needs.

With the open­ing of the sec­tion, the Delhi Metro net­work has ex­panded to 377km with 274 sta­tions and 4,788 trips be­ing made by trains hav­ing 2,206 coaches daily.

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