Jamia Metro Station site changed
New Delhi: Heeding to suggestions from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi Metro on Friday shifted the proposed Jamia Nagar Metro station from the main gardens to one end of the university that would be more accessible to people in and around the area.
Jamia Nagar station would now come up near the Naom Chomsky Centre of the central university which had opposed the construction of the structure in front of the Administrative Block that overlooks the main gardens citing security concerns.
After a detailed study that went into the feasibility of shifting the location of the station, Delhi Metro and a senior professor of the University today inspected the suggested spot and finalised it as the new location for the station.
"The proposed station site will be shifted towards Kalindi Kunj side about 120 metres from the earlier location. There will be no change in the alignment," a Delhi Metro spokesman said.
He said work on design for the new station would begin
immediately, after which the Delhi Metro would knock at the doors of the varsity for handing over of required land.
Jamia Vice Chancellor Najib Jung had opposed the station in front of the gardens which overlooks the administrative building, saying it would bring in safety issues for women students.
However, after talks, Jung agreed to shifting of the station from the current location to a spot in the varsity campus.
Prof Khalid Moin, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology, and Professor of Civil Engineering, said the station would now come up near Naom Chomsky Centre and that no buildings will have to be razed for the purpose.
"The inspection was satisfactory. It was required in order to comply with the proposal given by us in our last meeting with DMRC officials. DMRC had done their initial study and calculations and they reported it to us," Moin, who was part of today's inspection team, said.
"It is to our satisfaction as well. People from the Jamia Nagar locality will also have a closer access to the Metro station now," he said.
A Metro station in the area which has poor transport
facilities would help thousands of people in densely-populated areas of Jamia Nagar, Batla House and Zakir Nagar.
The new spot is right where Jamia Nagar begins and it would be closer to residential areas.
The station around the Jamia Milia Islamia campus would benefit at least 20,000 people, including students, daily once Metro operations start on the corridor.
On handing over of required land, Moin said "it is not an issue. They just need to establish a pier and we will give them the land whenever they require it. No building will have to be razed in the process."
The study conducted by the Delhi Metro has given the go-ahead for shifting of the station by 100 to 200 metres from the proposed location as all tests conducted at the spot are successful.
The findings of the study, which was commissioned last week, was shared with authorities of the university today.