Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor is all set to open soon. The over 4.2 km-long Grey Line of the Delhi Metro will connect urban village area of Najafgarh to the rapid transit network. The grey line will connect Dwarka sub-city with the locality of Najafgarh through Nangli, reducing the congestion in this locality. The Dwarka – Najafgarh corridor of Delhi Metro will be formally flagged off on 4th October 2019 according to release by DMRC. The flagging off ceremony The flagging off ceremony will take place at Metro Bhawan at 12:15 PM and passenger services on the section shall commence from 5 pm on the same day.
The corridor consists of three stations—Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh.
"This corridor called Grey Line is a standard-gauge section and out of the 4.295 km, 2.57 km is elevated and 1.5 km underground. With the opening of this section, the Dwarka metro station is all set to emerge as an interchange facility that will connect the sub-city with the locality of Najafgarh," PTI quoted Anuj Dayal, executive director, corporate communications, DMRC, as saying.
With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 377 km and 274 stations. Delhi Metro's grey line corridor does not have platform screen doors (PSD) facility and the reason for that is low volume of traffic assessed for the corridor, according to a report in PTI.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot meanwhile tweeted appreciating the efforts put in by the DMRC to make it operational despite many challenges.
Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) Janak Kumar Garg had accorded the mandatory approval for starting passenger operations after inspecting the corridor for safety on Wednesday.
An 80 metre passageway connects the old Dwarka station of the Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida Electronic City/ Vaishali corridor or the Blue Line with the new station on the Grey Line, which has come up as part of the extension to Najafgarh. After the Dwarka Sector 21 station, now Dwarka will become the second interchange facility in the Dwarka sub-city.
-With inputs from PTI