Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) has opened the first section of city’s new metro Line 9, between Dwarka and Najafgarh, in the western part of Delhi, connecting the city’s existing metro network.
The 4.2-km line, with three stations, has a single interchange to the rest of the Delhi Metro network at Dwarka station, connecting to the Blue Line.
“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,” DMRC’s Managing Director, Mangu Singh said.
The line is equipped with Bombardier’s Cityflo 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) solution, which has been operating on Delhi’s 58.5-km Line 7, which now handles an average daily ridership of over 200,000 passengers.
“The opening of Line 9 is another major milestone in the expansion of Delhi’s metro system which is significantly improving travel for commuters. I would like to thank the Bombardier team for their hard work and dedication in enabling us to successfully commission this latest line on the network,” S.S Joshi, Director, Rolling Stock and Signalling at Delhi Metro said.
The authorities will extend the line by more than 1 km to Dhansa Stand, expected to be completed at the end of 2020.
With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network has a total length of 377 km, served by 274 stations, including the Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor.
“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,” Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of of Housing and Urban Affairs, said.