250-tonne crane was planted to install the escalator
Delhi Metro has the country’s tallest escalator at Magenta Line’s Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section and this new addition stands proudly for everyday commuters. The escalator is erected at an elevation of 15.6 meters.
“The escalators installed at Janakpuri West have the highest elevation in India,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson was quoted by Times of India.
As far as the dimensions are concerned, the total horizontal length of the escalators is 35.3 metres, and the height is 15.6 metres. The total weight of each of the escalators is about 26 tonnes. “The height of these escalators is equal to the height of a five-storey building,” the spokesperson further added.
As per the spokesperson, a 250-tonne crane was specifically planted for the establishment of these escalators. Before this new structure, the Kashmere Gate metro station had the longest escalator in the Delhi Metro network.
As far as the new station of Magenta line is concerned, it goes 17 metres below the ground level. Also, two pairs of the extra-long escalators connect the concourse of the underground station with a concourse of the elevated station.
The 16 stations which are on this corridor are – Janakpuri West, Dabri Mor, Dashrathpuri, Palam, Sadar Bazar, Terminal 1 – IGI Airport, Shankar Vihar, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Hauz Khas, IIT, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, GK Enclave and Nehru Enclave. Only two stations – Sadar Bazar and Shankar Vihar – are elevated and the rest is underground.
The Janakpuri West metro station, which falls on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro, is used as an interchange station. The metro station is connected to the new Magenta Line in order to provide better connectivity between West Delhi and T1 of IGI Airport, Hauz Khas, Nehru Place, Noida etc.