October 4, 2019
New Delhi, October 04, 2019: The Delhi Metro's Grey Line (Line 9) under Phase-III, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was inaugurated on October 04, 2019. The newly inaugurated line will connect Dwarka to Najafgarh with three stations - Dwarka, Nangli and Najafgarh. On this stretch of 4.3 kms, Dwarka and Nangli are elevated stations and Najafgarh is an underground station.
The flagging-off for the new line opening was done by Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi. The other key dignitaries present at the ceremony were Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, Embassy of Japan; Mr. Parvesh Verma, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) West Delhi Constituency and Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "JICA recognises the need for efficient transport network for a balanced socio-economic growth, we are pleased to be a part of Delhi Metro's important role in this context. Najafgarh town is a hub encircled by large number of villages, Delhi Metro's Grey Line will boost the mobility in the area. With opening of the new line, Delhi Metro network has grown to 347.97 kilometres with 253 Metro stations (exculding Noida and Greater Noida line). It is heartening to see that the constant collaboration with which JICA and DMRC are working together has improved connectivity issues to such large extent".
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) is the executing agency of the Project.
The newly inaugurated Grey Line will have an interchange with Delhi Metro's Blue Line at Dwarka station and it will facilitate seamless travel to public to IGI Airport, Noida and Vaishali. To further address the need for efficient transport, another underground station namely Dhansa Bus Stand Station, at a distance of 1.18 km from Najafgarh Station (under-construction), is expected to be operational by the next year.
JICA has extended a cumulative total of 705,206 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 46,000 Crore) in ODA loans for the Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project since 1997. Cumulatively, JICA has extended ODA loans of over 1.3 trillion Japanese yen (approximately INR 81,000 Crore) to develop metro rail systems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
L-R: Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC; Ms. Sunita Kangra, Mayor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC); Mr. Kailash Gahlot, Transport Minister, Delhi; Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Delhi; Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, MoHUA; Mr. Parvesh Singh Sahib, MP; Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of India to Japan; Mr. Gulab Singh, MLA, Matiala.
Flagging off ceremony of Delhi Metro Grey Line done by Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri and Mr. Arvind Kejriwal
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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