New Delhi: The detailed project report of the Dwarka-Najafgarh Metro alignment — touted as Delhi’s first major foray into its semi-urbanized pockets — is ready. The 5.5km line will have four stations: Dwarka, Najafgarh depot, municipal corporation office and Najafgarh station. It will turn left after starting from the existing Dwarka station and cross the Najafgarh drain before following the central verge of Shivaji Road up to the T-junction near the municipal corporation office. It will then turn right near Delhi Gate, go on to the primary rural health training centre and later join Nangloi Road to end at Najafgarh station.
The Delhi government has also approved the detailed project report but it was not part of the phase III plan sent for approval to the Centre. Sources, however, said that with Delhi Metro planning to start work on phase III in stages, the alignment could be added later in the project timeline.
DMRC sources said the line, which is expected to see a ridership of a lakh by 2021 — according to a CRRI report, would provide access to a number of areas that till now had seen little accessibility.
The catchment area includes localities like Najafgarh, Mitraon, Jharoda Kalan, Kair, Dichaon Kalan, Dindarpur extension, Baba Haridas Nagar, Chhawla, Roshanpura, Shyam Vihar, Dharmpura, Sai Baba Enclave, Nangli Sakravati, Arjun Park, Roshan Garden, Shiva Enclave, Todarmal colony, Prem Nagar, New Hira Park, Ajay Park, Nathu Ram Park, Gemini Park, Shiva Enclave, Raghubir Nagar and other colonies.
The project has been a point of disagreement between the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Delhi government. The corridor will cover some of the most far-flung areas in the city, which are mostly part of the outer Delhi area. While DMRC had reservations about its viability — a CRRI study predicted that ridership on the line would be much lower than other lines forming phase III — political will had ensured that the alignment was part of the Metro expansion.
News Source : Times of India