No space? Not a problem for DMRC
In the clutter of Delhi, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has finally decided to construct the first dumbbell-shaped station in Najafgarh on the rail network. This is part of one of the three upcoming stations on the Delhi Metro’s Grey Line and is expected to be ready for passengers by next month.
As reported by Hindustan Times, this Najafgarh station was initially planned as the normal rectangle shape, but when work commenced, they realized that they could not acquire any more land for the project.
“We tried hard to explain to the owners of these plots, but since they are yet to see how the Metro will benefit the area they were adamant on their stand. We had no other option but to plan the station with what was available with us,” a senior Metro official was as quoted by Hindustan Times.
The official also informed that the engineers have not compromised with the space needed for the movement of passengers in either the ticketing area or the platform. The report also says that as far as the length is concerned, the Najafgarh metro station is 88 metres longer than the length of a regular metro station.
“All adjustments have been made in the operational area, where our offices and operating rooms are located. The space one enters after swiping the ticket and the area before that is also bigger than the space at other stations,” the official said.
The Grey Line will ensure connectivity on the pockets of the city with Dwarka. As per the officials, the construction work on the corridor is complete and it will be thrown open to the passengers by the end of October. This line will have three—Dwarka, Nangli and Najafgarh—and it will also provide a link with the existing Blue Line (between Dwarka sector-21 and Noida Electronic City/Vaishali).