Archive for March, 2012

26 New Metro Stations in South Delhi by 2016

Posted by rajat On March - 30 - 2012

The PHASE III  of Delhi Metro will cover 35km more in district; four interchange stations to come up. This expansion will benefit commuters from South Delhi which has the highest number of privately owned cars, is all set to benefit the most from the proposed Metro expansion project under phase III.

Delhi Metro at present covers around 34km in South Delhi, with the Phase 3 which is is scheduled to be completed by 2016, the DMRC plans to spread the network to 35km more in the district. The Delhi Metro serves to around two lakh commuters from south Delhi daily and wonce the phase is complete, it will serves around four lakh commuters daily.

Two main corridors of phase 3 -Yamuna Vihar-Mukundpur and Janakpuri west-Botanical Garden corridor -will pass through south Delhi, which covers 41 per cent of the total Capital area. The district has a population of 23 lakh. South Delhi, considered to be the most posh area, is one of the nine historical districts in the Capital. Localities such as Greater Kailash, CR Park, Alaknanda, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Defence Colony, New Friends Colony, Gulmohar Park, Gulmohar Enclave and Vasant Kunj are situated here.

Anuj Dayal, N spokesperson, DMRC said “In phase III, south Delhi residents are going to benefit immensely. With 26 new Metro stations, covering all strategic locations and four interchange of facilities, almost all parts of the  district will be connected by Metro.“ Dayal also added that There is no Metro interchange facility in the district. In phase 3 project, interchange stations have been planned at INA, Lajpatagar, Hauz Khas and Kalkaji Mandir, said DMRC officials.”Metro will link south Delhi to IGIA, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida. Besides, it will provide direct connectivity to post-residential areas, markets and educational institutes. ”

News Source : Hindustan Times

DMRC to Ease Parking Woes At Chhattarpur

Posted by rajat On March - 29 - 2012

With over 20,000 commuters using the Chhattarpur Metro Station to access different parts of the City, Delhi Metro has decided to expand the existing parking area for Chhattarpur Metro Station and to make it among one of the biggest parking space for a metro station in Delhi.

Chhattarpur Metro Station existing parking area is around, 100-square metre and it is planning to expand around of 2,900 square metre space by the end of this month. According to the Metro Officials, this parking lot expansion will be the solution to relief commuters from parking hassles at the station.

The Chhattarpur Metro station is a hot spot for commuters traveling from Chhattarpur, Mehrauli village and Vasant Kunj area to different parts of the city, plus the station is also an important point for the large numbers of devotees who come to visit the Chhattarpur temple. At the moment, Chhattarpur station has a capacity to accommodate around 150 vehicles but with the new expansion the station will be able to accommodate more than 400 cars.

A spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said  “With the increase in parking space, Chhattarpur Metro station will become one among the major Metro parking lots in Delhi with 4,000 square metre parking space.“ The process of inviting tenders is on for increasing the parking space at Chhattarpur. The spokesperson also added that “By end of the month, the entire parking lot will be ready, which will be properly fenced, divided into lots with proper entry and exit facilities. There will be at least three entry and exit points in the newly developed parking area.“

The Delhi Metro has a total of 95 parking lots in Delhi and NCR at present, which together accommodate thousands of vehicles every day. Of them, line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) has 20 parking lots, line 2 has 20 lots, line 3/4 (Noida/Anand Vihar-Dwarka) has 36 parking lots, line 5 (Inderlok-Mundka) eight parking lots and line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur) has 11 parking lots. By month end, the entire parking lot will be ready with proper fencing. It will be divided into lots with proper entry and exit facilities.

News Source : Hindustan Times

National Metro Politan Region

Posted by rajat On March - 28 - 2012

Commuting in Delhi has drastically changed over a period of 10 year when the mode of transportations was the DTC and blueline buses or depending on pricey autorickshaws. But 2002 saw a different mode of transportation, the Delhi Metro which completely changed the way of commuting in the nation Capital.

The 8.5-km-long line from Shahdara to Tis Hazari gave Delhiites a glimpse into the future. Today, Delhi Metro is spread across 190 km covering almost every corner of the city and this was built in two phases within nine years. The network has connected two major railway stations, the biggest bus terminal and three satellite towns. And it does not stop at that. By 2021, another 136km will be added and connectivity to satellite towns will go deeper and better.

Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC  said that “we have a vision of bringing the Metro within a 500m radius of every home in Delhi by 2021. The commuters should be able to walk down to the nearest Metro station like they do in Tokyo, London and Shanghai.“This was the dream of former DMRC MD E Sreedharan, which is now shared by every employee, says a Metro official.

The construction for three new lines which will be covering an area of 120 km has already begun in Phase 3, the DMRC has also proposed to build another 116 Km in the phase which they plan to complete by 2021.  With phase 3, Delhi Metro -currently the world’s 10th-largest network -would become the seventh-largest system. And if other Metros in world did not expand, Delhi Metro would be the second-largest -next only to Shanghai Metro -by 2021. Dayal said that “In Phase 3, we will connect domestic airport with the satellite towns, all four major universities in Delhi and NCR, bus terminals and almost all tourist spots,“

DMRC officials claim there are 1.5 lakh less vehicles on roads every day and the travel time from one point to another has been reduced to almost half. A recent study by the Central Road Research Institute shows the expansion has led to a saving of R5,000 crore in terms of fuel consumption, manhours and pollution. Apart from Metro’s expansion, the govt is working on other New Age transport systems such as monorail and pod taxis.

News Source : Hindustan Times

NCR’s Longest Metro Line in Faridabad

Posted by rajat On March - 10 - 2012

The longest Metro corridor for Delhi Metro will be built in phase 3 in Faridabad and it will be around 14 kilometers. The elevated Metro corridor till YMCA Chowk in Faridabad-the extension of line 6 Central Secretariat­Badarpur) -is going to be the longest expansion taken up in the NCR region so far by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and was cleared recently. This route which measure around 13.9 kilometre will put Faridabad ahead of Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad. The total metro network in Noida is 7km, Gurgaon 7.5km and Ghaziabad 2.57km.

Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson said that “The documents for memorandum of understanding with Haryana for Faridabad metro have been prepared and we are awaiting a date from the Haryana government for its signing. Earlier, the central group of ministers had cleared the proposed corridor. “ An official of the Haryana government also said that “This corridor, with nine stations, will be constructed on the lines of the Noida corridor. We will bear 80% of the cost, while the Delhi government will bear the remaining part.”

According to DMRC officials the work on this project will be completed by 2016 as the deadline for completion of other corridors under phase 3This will be a project of R.s. 533 crores and the Haryana government will soon start the process of acquiring land. DMRC has started the tender process for this corridor, so work can be immediately begun after land is acquired. Tenders for construction of eight elevated station buildings, including architectural finishing, water supply, sanitary installation and external development work, at Old Faridabad, Ajronda, Faridabad New Town and YMCA Chowk on BadarpurFaridabad corridor have been floated.

News Source : Hindustan Times

Coming soon, An Art Gallery at New Delhi Railway Station

Posted by rajat On March - 1 - 2012

New Delhi Railway Station won’t be just a place where you would get a train to travel, it will also be a place where art lovers can browse through various art works. New Delhi Railway Station is all set to open its own Art Gallery where one can enjoy glimpse of the history of the Indian Railways through exciting exhibits.

The gallery will exhibit the rich heritage of the Indian Railways which will include exhibits on stations, steam engines, the scenic beauty of hill railways and the royal rail salons used by the English princess and Indian royalty. The railway art gallery is coming up at Platform number 1 of the railway station and entry will be free for authorised railway passengers.

A senior northern railways officer, who did not wish to be named said, “The art gallery will have photographs, painting and prints of Indian Railways. We are hoping to throw it open for our travellers by February 29. “

Many countries such as the UK already have such railway art gallery and with New Delhi Railways Station opening its own, the gallery will bring artists and photographers, who specialize in making rail painting and prints, would be brought under one roof.

A official also said that “The photographs, paintings and prints in the art gallery will be the depiction of the railway scene in all its facets both past and present. The railways for more than 150 years have been a favourite subject among the artists. The gallery will put rail art on the forefront. ” The Delhi division of the northern railways also plans to organise rail art competitions regularly at the rail art gallery. A officer stated that “We will invite professional artists, school and college children to participate in the competition. The staging of railway art exhibitions will also assist in the historical research necessary for various subjects related to Indian railways.”

News Source : Hindustan Times