New Delhi, Metro Rail News: In the coming days, a new transport hub will come up after Delhi Metro links the city’s third busiest railway station at Hazrat Nizamuddin and the Inter-State Bus Terminus at Sarai Kale Khan. The new Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station, part of the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 stretch of the Pink Line, is expected to become operational later this month
Sources in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) revealed that a safety audit of the 9.7-km Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 section of the Pink Line’s Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor will be likely conducted next week by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety. Once this is through and cleared, DMRC is expected to open the section to the public this month itself.
“The nearest metro stations at the moment are 3-4 kilometres away, but the new station at Hazrat Nizamuddin will change that,” observed Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC.
Delhi Metro’s presence will only add to the importance of the location as a transport hub, given the plans to have the three high-speed corridors of the proposed Regional Rapid Transit System converging at Sarai Kale Khan and connecting Delhi with Keeping in mind the integration with the RRTS station, DMRC has made one of the three entry gates wider. “Gate No 3 is 13 metres wide instead of the usual 7-8 metres,” said a DMRC official. “The entry point has extra-wide staircases and two escalators, with provisions for the addition of two more escalators in the future.”
Around 50,000 people are expected to use this metro halt, so the station has three atria unlike the two in most
Ominously, even before the station is officially open, many of its entry/exit point walls have been taken over by hawkers. “We have put up fences wherever possible to ensure there is no encroachment and also put up bollards on our premises so that vehicles don’t enter the area without authorisation,” the official claimed.