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Delhi’s Dwarka-Najafgarh metro line to open early next week

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New Delhi: The 4.3-km-long Dwarka-Najafgarh metro line of the Delhi Metro is likely to open early next week, officials said on Saturday. The Dwarka-Najafgarh Metro corridor will comprise of three stations — Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh. With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 377 kilometres with 274 stations (including the Noida–Greater Noida Aqua Line).
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Dwarka-Najafgarh metro line to be extended further

Out of the total length of 4.295 kms, 2.754 km of the Dwarka-Najafgarh metro line is elevated and 1.541 Km is underground, a press release said. This section is being further extended till Dhansa Bus Stand by 1.18 kilometres and is expected to be completed by December 2020, an official press release said.

The interchange hub

The Dwarka metro station is all set to emerge as an interchange facility that will connect the sub-city with the locality of Najafgarh. An 80-metre passage connects the old Dwarka station of the Dwarka Sector 21–Noida Electronic City/ Vaishali Blue Line with the new station, which has come up as part of the extension to Najafgarh. There will be concourse to concourse connectivity through the paid area.

After Dwarka Sector 21, Dwarka will be the second interchange facility in the Dwarka subcity.

About 2,000 square metres of additional parking space shall be provided at the station. Elaborate multi modal integration with provisions of pick and drop by e-rickshwas, auto rickshwas and buses has been provided at the station.

Najafgarh metro station is dumbbell-shaped

The Najafgarh Metro station has come up at the extremely busy Delhi Gate intersection of Najafgarh locality. The location of the station is on the main Najafgarh Road, with an adjoining market area as well as government schools.

Since the station has come up on the only major thoroughfare connecting Najafgarh, there were space constraints. There were challenges as the entry and exit points had to be located in a crowded location in such a way that they would be properly accessible to the public. Therefore, the final station box has expansions as well as contractions at multiple locations giving it the shape of a dumbbell.

Solar Power Plants

Roof top solar power plants have been installed at three locations on this section — Dwarka Metro station (175 KWP), Najafgarh depot (182 KWP) and Nangli Metro station (240 KWP). Therefore, the Dwarka-Najafgarh metro corridor will have a generation capacity of 597 KWP. This is in line with the public sector company’s aim of getting its entire electricity requirement met via renewable sources of energy. In June, Delhi Metro became the first-ever metro project in the country to receive power generated from a waste-to-energy plant. 

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