September 18, 2021
New Delhi, September 18, 2021: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today unveiled the Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand extension of the Grey Line, Delhi Metro Phase III, funded by Japanese ODA Loan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for passenger operations. With the opening of this link, the Delhi Metro will reach suburban areas in interior Najafgarh to facilitate a seamless travel and expand to become a 391 kms long network with 286 stations.
The inauguration ceremony was conducted in the presence of dignitaries such as H.E. Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC.
The Grey Line between Najafgarh and Dhansa Bus Stand is about one kilometre along with the Dhansa Bus Stand station being the first underground Metro station in the network to dedicate an entire underground floor for vehicle parking. Looking forward, in Phase IV of the Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project, the line will be extended from Majlis Park to Maujpur, making it India's longest single Metro corridor at approximately 70 kilometres.
H.E. Mr. SUZUKI Satoshi, Ambassador of Japan to India extended his remarks in the ceremony, "The commencement of operation of this section is expected to have a remarkable impact on the connectivity in suburban Delhi. Needless to say, the operation of this section will contribute to reducing the volume of road traffic, and thus, building a carbon neutral society in Delhi." "The completion of the section also marks the completion of the Japan assisted Phase 3 of Delhi Metro Rail Project. It is our great honour that Japan has supported the construction of the approximately 116 km section out of a total of 159 km of the Delhi Metro Phase 3, through its ODA." "Delhi Metro, called the Shining Example, perfectly exemplifies the long-lasting and cooperative relationship between India and Japan. Delhi Metro has been demonstrating the BEST of the BEST in our long story of cooperation."
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. SAITO Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "Effective in August I took over the responsibility of JICA India office as Chief Representative. In my previous tenure as a representative at the JICA India office from 2006-2010, I was in charge of project supervision of Delhi Metro. It is very encouraging to observe how JICA and DMRC's collaboration has evolved and expanded so far. Since the operation of Delhi Metro, a major reduction of carbon footprint of 4.4 million tons has been reported. DMRC's continued efforts in the field of clean energy, proactive response to COVID-19 have gained the desired results. JICA also appreciates the impact DMRC has laid on women's safety and empowerment. Keeping in mind that women tend to use public transport more than men, improvement in the public transport system has shown immediate positive results on the lives of women and therefore has increased their ratio in the labor market."
A total of 110 vehicles and 185 motorcycles can be parked at the facility of Dhansa Bus Stand station, which will be linked with the main station area, allowing passengers to park their vehicles and then proceed directly to the station concourse via elevators and escalators. The parking lot has amenities such as entry and exit ramps, lifts, staircases, and escalators. Green building features and site environment management have been carried out in compliance with the IGBC Green MRTS Rating system.
Since 1997, JICA has extended ODA loans of approximately 46,000 Crore INR for the Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project. Collectively, JICA has contributed over 1.3 trillion Japanese yen (roughly INR 81,000 crore) in ODA loans to establish metro rail systems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
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