DMRC to transform stations into commercial hubs

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is looking to change the interchanging stations into commercial hubs. Both Anand Vihar and Karkardooma Metro stations are important interchange facilities where Blue (Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida Electronic City) and Pink (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) Lines merge, thereby creating a thriving transport hub.
This is also where the first transit-oriented development (TOD) project, East Delhi Hub, is coming up. DMRC has now started turning these busy interchange stations into commercial hubs with malls, restaurants, offices, banks and even transit hotels on offer.
The 60-acre site, where Delhi’s first TOD project will come up, is situated around Blue and Pink Line stations of Karkardooma flanked by Anand Vihar interchange station on the eastern end. The project will see 30 residential and commercial towers, with the tallest being 48-storey (161 meters) high. Phase-I will see four towers come up around Karkardooma’s Blue and Pink line corridors.
At the heart of the project is a green area spread over 10 acres. There will also be extensive usage of vertical and terrace gardens. The 48-storey tower will have a facade with two-three layers of traditional latticework in different patterns to trap dust and create standing waves that damp out the noise.
There will be high-density, mixed-use buildings close to the stations as the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) TOD policy aims to induce people to walk, cycle and use Metro and buses. It will lease out an area measuring 9,563 sq metres at Karkardooma Pink Line station, which will include space on the first, second and third floors for specific purposes like retail, organised commercial space, offices, banks, etc.
At Anand Vihar, DMRC has approximately 8,600 sq metres available at the older Blue Line station. The station is located next to a huge transport hub with connectivity to Pink and Blue Lines, railway station and ISBT.
The area also has the adequate social and physical infrastructure and amenities such as educational institutes, hospitals and nursing homes, entertainment facilities and Yamuna Sports Complex. Sahibabad and Patparganj industrial areas are also in the vicinity.
The area has been divided by DMRC into two packages, one being 1,130 sq metres at the concourse level and another of 7,470 sq metres on the ground and first floors. The tender for Package-1 has already been invited, while the one for Package-2 is scheduled for November 2020.

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