The upcoming Dhansa Bus Stand Metro station on the Dwarka – Dhansa Bus Stand Grey Line corridor has been adorned with attractive artworks and photographs, which display the rich heritage, culture, flora and fauna of this suburban locality of the national capital.
The Najafgarh – Dhansa region of south west Delhi has deep cultural roots. It is rich in historical content and is also home to a marshy ecosystem which encourages the visit of migratory birds and flourishing of local wildlife. The artworks and photographic displays have tried to capture these unique characteristics of this area.
‘Jheel’, a waterbody located between Najafgarh and Dhansa is an ecological heaven for a large number of perennial local wildlife and migratory birds. Parrots, eagles, ducks, sparrows, kingfishers dot this area and are a delight for bird watchers in the winters. Photographs on printed glass panels at the station showcase the rich biodiversity of this area and is themed as “Migratory Birds”.
Agriculture and animal husbandry are the main sources of income for the locals but real estate projects and event venues contribute significantly to the economic progression. The colour palette of the station has been kept earthy and bold to show the amalgamation of rural and the urban values. A hand painted artwork shows the residents coming together to honour the essence of their values and is themed as, “Fringes of rural-urban progression”. The artwork showcases the bridge that is built in order to connect the past and the future.
The surrounding villages in this area are renowned for their ancient folklores. The villages host fairs to celebrate their historical significance. The locals gather around the ancient temples to pray and connect together as a community. The myths and the fables have given this area an unique identity. Therefore, some hand painted artworks are inspired by this rich spirit and the celebration of local values and are themed as “local socio-cultural scenario”.
Few artworks are also depicting scenes from the fairs, while some are just showing the spirit of celebration with 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. The artworks are aesthetically executed to better the commuter’s experience. The artworks have been skillfully curated by DMRC’s Architecture department and have been provided by a number of young artists and photographers.
The decoration of the station has been done in line with DMRC’s efforts to utilize its premises as a platform to showcase the rich heritage and culture of the nation. A number of other stations on the DMRC network have also been decorated with eye catching artworks and displays.
The approximately one kilometre long Najafgarh – Dhansa Bus Stand corridor is now ready for operations after receiving the mandatory approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). The exact date for opening of the corridor shall be intimated shortly. With the opening of this extension, the Delhi Metro network will become 390 kilometres long with 286 Metro stations.