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Delhi Metro’s Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor to open today

The over 4.2 km-long Grey Line of Delhi Metro, which will connect urban village area of Najafgarh to the rapid transit network for the first time, will be opened for passengers from Friday evening, officials said.

The corridor consists of three stations–Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh.

“The Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor of Delhi Metro will be formally flagged off by Minister of State (Independent) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” a senior DMRC official said.
The flagging-off ceremony is slated to take place at Metro Bhawan at 11 am and passenger services on the section would commence from 5 pm, said Anuj Dayal, the executive director, corporate communication of the DMRC.

With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 377 km with 274 stations, including the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Line.

“The 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,” Dayal had earlier said.

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.

Dayal said a peak hour frequency of 7 minutes and 30 seconds would be maintained on this stretch.

The total travel time on this section would be 6 minutes and 20 seconds and three trains would ply on this section and a fourth train had been planned, he said, adding that at present, the DMRC runs 376 trains, spanning 2,206 coaches and 4,778 trips per day.

Trial runs on the section had begun in July.