Airport Express Making 150m Path For Pedestrian Safety At Ajmeri Gate
New Delhi: Passengers coming by train needn’t worry about running an obstacle course across the crowded New Delhi railway station to reach the Airport Metro station anymore. R-Infra promoted Delhi Airport Metro is finally building a pedestrian pathway at New Delhi railway station.
This 150m long pathway will allow pedestrians to easily access the Airport Metro station, said sources. “At present, it’s difficult for passengers to commute between the New Delhi railway station and the Airport Metro station because of the vehicles and uneven path, especially carrying luggage along,” said an official. To allow easier access, the Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL) is building the pathway with the permission of the Northern Railways, added officials.
The 7.5m wide pathway will be for pedestrians only, allowing easy access to both the railway station and the Metro stations. While the idea is to provide direct connectivity to the Airport Metro station, it will also help those going to the Delhi Metro station.
According to officials, the pedestrian pathway is scheduled to become operational in a month’s time. “There had been a number of complaints about the lack of easy accessibility. The pathway should address that problem,” added the official. The pathway will start from the left extreme corner of the New Delhi railway station — on the Ajmeri Gate side — where the VIP entry is located at present, and connect with the northwest side of the Airport Metro station.
However, for the first few months of operation, commuters will have to find a way around the drop-off points that are located in the entry to the railway station. “At 30m, the drop-off points are located, where private vehicles drop off passengers. This will interrupt the pathway for a few months,” admitted the official.
However, a source said talks are on with the Northern Railways to shift the drop-off points to the other end of the station in a few months time.
The pathway will also have green planters, and “portals” with seating areas, which will be built later.
No direct link between New Delhi railway station and Delhi Airport Metro station
Passengers at the railway station have to navigate through taxi and autorickshaw lanes, dividers etc to reach the Metro station
DAMEPL constructing 7.5m wide airport metro pathway for pedestrians that will cut across dividers and parking areas to ease access
Pathway scheduled to become operational in a month’s time
Pathway will be interrupted by the drop-off point at 30m
This drop-off point for vehicles will however be shifted to another end of station in 3 months The pathway will also have green planters
On the pathway, nonslippery lather finish kota stone will be used
The pathway would also be equipped with signage for areas that can be reached via the Delhi Airport Metro Express
Wheelchair with porter services to ferry senior citizens, disabled and ill people to be made available
Source: Times of India