Grey Line opens, to link rural Najafgarh with city
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.