New Delhi: The `humble` cycle rickshaws could
get a dedicated parking space at two proposed Metro stations
in Old Delhi with the DMRC planning an integrated parking
system for motored and non-motored vehicles there.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation also plans to give an
aesthetic look to the Lal Qila and Delhi Gate stations on the
proposed Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor as they
will be located near several monuments and heritage
The 9.3-km underground corridor, once operational, will
be integrated with the existing Badarpur-Central Secretariat
corridor, thus providing direct connectivity between East and
The corridor, which will have three interchange stations
-- Central Secretariat, Mandi House and Kashmere Gate -- will
have a total of eight stations and will be opened to the
public in two phases. While the Central Secretariat-Mandi
House stretch is likely to be operational by 2014, the rest of
the corridor would be opened a year later.
Since cycle rickshaws are one of the most preferred modes
of commuting in Old Delhi, the Delhi Metro thought of
providing a dedicated space for parking them as they are now
not allowed inside the station premises.
"We want to provide a separate parking space for
non-motored vehicles at Delhi Gate and Lal Qila stations since
cycle rickshaws are used by people to travel to the stations
from home, provided we get the amount of land we want to
construct the facility," a DMRC official said.
Currently, the parking facilities at Delhi Metro premises
have dedicated areas for four wheelers, two wheelers and