Metro’s Sarai Kale Khan station under Phase III runs into ‘green’ trouble

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) request for land at Millennium Park near Nizamuddin Bridge,for construction of entry and exit structures of the Sarai Kale Khan station,has not gone down well with Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2012 1:22 am

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) request for land at Millennium Park near Nizamuddin Bridge,for construction of entry and exit structures of the Sarai Kale Khan station,has not gone down well with Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

According to sources,the land agency has raised objections to construction of some portions of the station in this green belt.

Both the agencies have been in discussion over the matter,sources said. The Sarai Kale Khan station is supposed to come up as part of the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor under Phase-III. The Millennium Park was developed by DDA and is spread over 20 acres.

“A recent meeting was held and certain issues were raised over DMRC’s request to construct part of their Sarai Kale Khan station in Millennium Park. DDA has raised objections as they feel that any construction by DMRC will ruin the green cover,’’ said a source.

DDA officials say the construction of the Nehru Place station has taken away from the beauty of the Astha Kunj Park,which is located near the station,to validate their point.

The Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor is one of the longest under Phase-III and will run almost parallel to the Ring Road.

DDA spokeperson Neemo Dhar said: “This matter is at a very preliminary stage of discussion and nothing concrete can be said about it.”

The DMRC,meanwhile,said they only require a small portion of land in Millennium Park to ensure integration of the Metro station with the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, which is to be upgraded soon.

“At present,we will only construct the entry and exit points to the station in Millennium Park. The construction of a station near this area is necessary for integration of Metro services with the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT,’’ said a DRMC spokesperson.

According to the DMRC,they have had several discussions with the Transport department over these integration plans. Similar integration plans have also been taken up near Kashmere Gate ISBT.

Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Center (UTTIPEC) had recently taken up the matter of integrating ISBTs with other modes of transport in the surrounding areas to ensure optimal use of public space and proper amenities.

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