The event was organized through video conferencing, with Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the chief guests.
Puri Junior Minister Kaushal Kishor, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot and West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh were also present on the occasion.
Passenger services on this section had started from 5 pm on Saturday.
After flagging off a train on the section, Puri said the 1.2 km extension may be small from the point of view of the length of the network, but from the point of view of providing better connectivity to the interior parts of Delhi, it is an important milestone. Was.
Puri also said that as the country slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for increased mobility of people in cities will play a vital role in taking the economy forward.
He said that in the pre-Covid era, the ridership of Delhi Metro had reached 65 lakh per day, while the total ridership in metro trains across the country was 85 lakh. He also called upon the Delhi government to expedite the pending approvals for the projects of Delhi Metro.
After flagging off the first train on the route, the Chief Minister said, “It is a very happy moment for all the people of outer Delhi, especially the residents of Najafgarh. Till now the route of Delhi Metro used to terminate at Delhi Gate area in Najafgarh. There are around 50 villages in the area from where a large number of people come to inner Delhi to work and this network is important for them.
Kejriwal said the path may be short, but it is very important.
“A large number of people come from Jhajjar in Haryana to work in Delhi. They too will benefit greatly from this service.”
Gehlot tweeted, ‘Congratulations Najafgarh! Today is very important to me for two reasons. First as Transport Minister of Delhi – expansion of existing metro network in Delhi and second as MLA of Najafgarh – A new metro station (Dhansa Bus Stand) is being added in Najafgarh Constituency.
Dhansa Metro Station is the first subsurface station in the urban train system, with the entire underground floor dedicated for parking. The parking facility will be integrated with the main station area and vehicle users will be able to park their cars and two wheelers and then proceed directly to the station using lifts and escalators.
A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said, “The parking facility will greatly benefit the local residents as there is very limited parking space in the surrounding areas.” “The parking space has two side ramps for entry and exit of vehicles. There are two entrance and exit facilities that connect the parking lot to both the top surface and the platform below. ”