DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will construct a parking lot first to its network on the underground metro station. The Dhansa Bus Stand in the upcoming Grey Line will become the first underground station in Delhi metro network to have an underground floor dedicated for parking.
“Dhansa Bus Stand station has been designed as a four-level structure, three of which – parking facility, followed by the concourse (where tickets will be issued) and then the platform – which will all be below ground level,” said Sr. Official of The Metro. The platform will be at an approximate depth of 21 meters below ground level. Above it will be the concourse floor and then an entire level will be reserved for parking,” further added.
Delhi Metro’s Grey Line to open for public by end of year
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said construction work for the new Grey Line will be completed by September this year and by year-end, the line will be thrown open for commuters. The Dwarka-Dhansa Bus Stand section will have four stations — Dwarka, Nangli, Najafgarh, and Dhansa Bus Stop. The Metro network for the first time will venture into the rural belt of Najafgarh with this section.
The first-of-its-kind parking lot, which is being built at one end of the nearly five-km corridor, will be about 200 metres in length, and 32 metres in width, and will cover an area of about 64,000 square metre, the DMRC said.
The facility has been designed to accommodate almost 130 cars.
Officials of the DMRC said the idea behind constructing the parking facility was to benefit the local residents as adjoining areas of Najafgarh are extremely congested, with very limited space for parking.
The parking will have ramps on both sides for entry and exit of vehicles.
“Along with space for parking, there would also be provision for property development activities at the ground level in future,” the spokesperson added.
Officials involved in the design of the station said the upcoming parking lot can be considered a major design improvement since no other underground station in the Delhi Metro network has gone below ground level to provide parking to commuters.
“At present, the Hindon River Metro station on the Dilshad Garden – Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) Line has a basement parking facility, though it is an elevated station. The New Delhi station of the Airport Express Line has a multilevel parking lot above the station,” a senior Metro official said.
The Delhi Metro network is currently operating parking lots at about 100 stations in the National Capital Region