DWARKA - NAJAFGARH METRO CORRIDOR INAUGURATED FOR PASSENGER OPERATIONS
The Dwarka - Najafgarh Metro section of Delhi Metro’s Grey Line was flagged off today for passenger operations by Sh. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs and Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi in the presence of a host of eminent dignitaries.
Delhi’s Minister for Transport, Sh. Kailash Gahlot, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from West Delhi, Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh, MLA (Matiala), Sh. Gulab Singh and Japan’s Ambassador to India, His Excellency Sh. Kenji Hiramatsu were the other dignitaries present on the dais.
Appreciating the Delhi Metro for its rapid expansion, Sh. Puri said, ”the first section of Delhi Metro opened in 2002 and in 17 years, Delhi Metro has expanded to 377 kilometres. It is one of the most comprehensive and in terms of distance covered, one of the most successful urban transport systems in the world.”
Delhi’s Chief Minister, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal congratulated DMRC on the opening of the section and said, “Delhi Metro has played a vital role in the development of the city. As the Delhi Metro expands further, more people are likely to shift to Metro, thereby, reducing pollution caused by vehicles.”
Delhi’s Minister for Transport, Sh. Kailash Gahlot said, “It is a historic day as many colonies and villages in Najafgarh as well as Matiala will be benefitted by this connectivity. This section is being expanded up to Dhansa Bus Stand because of which many more villages till the border of Haryana will come under the Metro network.”
West Delhi’s Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh commended the efforts made by DMRC towards pollution control and Swachh Bharat Mission and said that Delhi Metro was generating about one third of its energy needs through renewable power sources.
Japan’s Ambassador to India, His Excellency, Sh. Kenji Hiramatsu said “Japan is proud of partnering with Delhi Metro both technically and financially. Japan is also supporting the other Metro projects in India based on the success of Delhi Metro.
”In his welcome address, DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh said, “All the three stations on this section have been rated as ‘platinum’ for their adherence to green building norms. Continuing with its efforts for energy conservation, DMRC has installed solar power plants on two elevated stations of this corridor.
”With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network has now become 377 kilometres long with 274 stations (including the Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor).