Delhi Metro Update: Dhansa Bus Stand-Najafgarh section of Grey Line inaugurated for passenger services

The Dhansa Bus Stand – Najafgarh section on the Grey Line of Delhi Metro was formally inaugurated for passenger services by the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Sh. Hardeep Singh Puri and the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal via video conferencing today. 

  • Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Sh. Kaushal Kishore, Transport Minister of NCT of Delhi, Sh. Kailash Gahlot and the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from West Delhi constituency Shri. Parvesh Sahib Singh also graced the occasion.
  • The passenger services on this section will commence at 5 PM today.
  • The Dhansa Bus Stand is an underground station and an extension of the presently operational Dwarka – Najafgarh Corridor.

Corridor Details:

  • Length: approximately 1.2 kilometre
  • Gauge: Standard Gauge
  • Colour Code: Grey
  • Entry & Exit: 3
  • Escalators: 7
  • Lift: 5
  • Depot: Najafgarh
  • 6 coach Platform length: This extension will immensely benefit the residents of the interior areas around Najafgarh and Dhansa Bus Stand.
  • Stations on Grey Line: 04 – Dwarka, Nangli, Najafgarh and Dhansa Bus Stand out of which Dwarka and Nangli are elevated stations while Najafgarh and Dhansa Bus Stand are underground stations.

Special Features of the Station:

  • The station has been designed as a four-level underground structure where there will be the platform at the bottom (at an approximate depth of 18 metres) followed by the concourse and then an entire floor for parking above it with the roof level at the top (ground level).
  • The Dhansa Bus Stand Metro station is the first ever underground Metro station of the Delhi Metro network to have an entire underground floor dedicated for parking of vehicles. 
  • The parking facility will be integrated with the main station area where vehicle users will be able to park their cars and two wheelers and then proceed to the concourse of the station directly using lifts and escalators.
  • The parking lot is equipped with facilities such as the entry and exit ramps, lifts, staircases, escalators etc. 
  • The facility has a parking space for about 110 cars and 185 two wheelers. 
  • There would be provision for property development activities at the ground level in the future.
  • The parking facility will be of great benefit to the local residents as the adjoining areas are extremely congested with very limited space for parking of vehicles. 
  • The parking space has ramps on two sides for entry and exit of vehicles. 
  • There are two entry/exit facilities which is connected the parking lot both with the surface above and the platform below.

Artwork of the Station:

  • The areas around Dhansa Bus Stand in the Najafgarh region have deep cultural roots.
  • The area is rich in historical content and contributes significantly in terms of ecological values as well. 
  • Jheel between Najafgarh and Dhansa is a marshy ecosystem and is an ecological heaven for a large number of perennial local wildlife and seasonal movement of migratory birds which is a delight for bird watchers in the winters. 
  • Photographs on printed glass panels at Dhansa Bus Stand station showcase the rich biodiversity of this area and is themed as “Migratory Birds”
  • The surrounding villages are renowned for many ancient folklores. 
  • The villages host fairs to celebrate their historical significance.
  • Therefore, some hand painted artworks are inspired by their rich spirit and the celebration of values and are themed as “local socio-cultural scenario”
  • A hand painted artwork shows the residents coming together to honour the essence of their values and upcoming lifestyle and is themed as,“Fringes of rural-urban progression” and showcases the bridge that is built in order to connect the past and the future.
  • Few artworks are also depicting scenes from the fairs, while some are just showing the spirit of celebration or a touch of local designs and motifs. 
  • The artworks will be eye catching for any passenger passing through the station and might generate interest in the place itself.

Some of the Special Features Under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) India Initiative:

  • Provision of energy efficient Led lights in metro stations.
  • Provision of basic civic amenities like toilets with provision of sewerage pit & pump upto STP with features like recycling & periodical cleaning system.
  • Rain water Harvesting and adequate sump and pumping facility to improve the existing storm water drainage system of nearby areas.
  • Provision of drinking water within the station premise.
  • Dhansa Bus Stand Station building has been given the ‘Platinum Rating’ by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). 
  • This is the highest possible rating for adherence to green building norms.
  • Entry 2 and 3 are connected through the subway thereby, pedestrian road crossing at surface could be avoided.
  • There is provision of basement parking for 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers, surface parking for Handicap and Bi-Cycle, bus bays and bays for Gramin Sewa & drop-off zones which are connected to station entrances through pedestrian footpaths.

With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network has now become 391 kilometres long with 286 stations (including the Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurugram).

Source: DMRC-Press Release