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.
- 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.
- Established, by a specific law, as an incorporated 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.
Source: JICA-Press Release