In order to manage space crunch, the Delhi Metro has built an elevated stabling yard at Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh station, which is a part of the upcoming Magenta Line. The 1.3-km long stabling yard will be able to accommodate 27 trains and is the first-of-its-kind elevated stabling yard in India, claimed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). A portion of the Magenta Line is expected to be thrown open by the end of month-early next month.
“The depot for the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor is located at Kalindi Kunj, and 22.5 hectares of land was requisitioned for the construction of the depot, of which only 50 per cent could become available due to certain land acquisition issues. This is why the decision to construct elevated decks in Jasola Vihar to stable the trains was taken,” said Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communication, DMRC.
He added, “Before this, trains have always been stabled at depots”. The DMRC is also going to install solar power panels on top of the stabling yard. The Unattended Train Operations-enabled trains will debut on this line, along with the new signalling system called Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC). Platform screen doors have also been installed at the station and will be a consistent feature on the Magenta Line.
“Our work is complete…we are just awaiting inspection and a final nod from Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS). Once we get that, a portion — from Kalkaji to Botanical Garden — will be functional,” said Dayal.
Of the nine stations in this portion, only Kalkaji is an underground station, the DMRC added. In order to manage road traffic, the area under the station will be used to park e-rickshaws, said a DMRC official present at the Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh station.
“There is enough land here due to the stabling yard so we are using it rationally for parking, e-rickshaws and autos,” said the official. The new station at Botanical Garden is connected to the existing one through a 20-metre wide and 100-metre long slab, and there is platform to platform and concourse to concourse connectivity.
Botanical Garden to be first interchange station in NCR
Once the first section of the Magenta Line is up and running, Botanical Garden will become the first interchange station in the NCR. The Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21— Noida City Centre), which makes a pit stop at the station, has a footfall of 30,000 commuters daily. This will increase to an estimated 97,780 commuters per day once the interchange section is commissioned, according to figures provided by the Delhi Metro.
“In the present operational network, there are no interchange stations outside Delhi. Even after the completion of Phase 3, Botanical Garden will remain the only interchange station in the NCR,” said Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communication, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Even with the number of commuters expected to rise exponentially, the parking area at the station remains the same — 1,420 sq mtrs. “Noida Authority has a multi-level parking project coming near Botanical Garden station,” said a DMRC official.
Rakesh Kumar Mishra, ACEO, Noida Authority, said, “The facility will be able to accommodate 7,000 cars, and should be ready by May 2018.”
The Rs 550-crore project has been under construction since 2014.