New Delhi: Commuting to Delhi`s cultural
hub -- Dilli Haat -- and favourite markets of INA and Sarojini
Nagar will become easier when the Central Secretariat-Qutub
Minar corridor becomes operational next month.
The INA Metro station on the corridor, which is expected
to be opened by mid-August, is expected to become one of the
important commercial Metro stations in South Delhi, given its
proximity to Dilli Haat and the two markets.
Besides, the residents of Laxmi Bai Nagar, Sarojini
Nagar and parts of Safdarjung Enclave will benefit once the
line becomes operational.
The trial runs on the 12.53 km connecting Central
Secretariat with Qutub Minar is in progress and will be
integrated with the Qutub Minar- HUDA City Centre (Gurgaon)
The work at this underground station is complete with
only minor finishing works being done at present, DMRC
spokesman Anuj Dayal said, adding that the station will have
three entry/exit structures with separate Gates catering to
Aurobindo Marg, Delhi Haat and the INA market.
"The DMRC has also constructed free-subways for
commuters at both these entry/exits below the Aurobindo Marg
so that people can cross the road safely even if they are not
using the Metro," he said.
The DMRC has also constructed the staircases wide so
that more public can be accommodated easily. The normal
staircase width is 2.4 meter in DMRC, while the width in the
station is 4.7 metres to 4.2 metres.
A total of six Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates
are being installed apart from six lifts which are being
provided for the convenience of passenger movement at the
The DMRC achieved a major engineering feat between the
INA and Jor Bagh Metro stations by constructing two tunnels
(for up and down movement of trains) below the Indian Railways
track and the Safdarjung flyover without hampering railway and
vehicular traffic even for a day. The tunnelling was done 12
metres below the earth surface, Dayal said.
The Delhi Metro has also restored three parks covering
around 9, 000 square meters of area above the INA Metro
station which it had taken from the CPWD owing to the Metro
construction works. All the three parks will be handed over to
its parent agency within a month`s time, he said.