PATNA (Metro Rail News): The Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) station of Patna Metro which was previously proposed to build on an elevated corridor will now be built underground. The officials on Sunday also said that two gates for exit or entry would be located inside the campus of the institution which is undergoing a major infrastructure renovation.
The Patna Metro rail project is 31 km long stretch that includes the Danapur-Mithapur-Khemni Chak corridor (Line-1) and Patna Railway Station-Pataliputra Bus Terminal corridor (Line-2) and will benefit millions of passengers.
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is assisting the Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) in the construction of the metro lines in Patna.
This was much required as the metro station will provide seamless connectivity to people who would come to PMCH for their medical requirements. The PMCH Metro Station will be a part of the 14.45 km-long Patna Railway Station-Pataliputra Bus Terminal Corridor (Line-2) of the PMRC, the officials said.
“Originally proposed as an elevated station, the (PMCH) station was designed to pass through extremely congested residential as well as commercial areas. It was later realised that an elevated stretch will involve a large number of partial or complete demolition of nearby structures. Moreover, construction of an elevated viaduct on the busy road would lead to choking of road traffic, since the width of Ashok Rajpath, between Catholic Church and PMCH, is extremely narrow,” the statement said.
The DMRC on Sunday said, “In order to ensure optimised accommodation of the systems requirements as well as for the efficient provision of passenger amenities, the layouts and sizes for the systems rooms had to be designed specific to the PMCH station, which is distinct from other stations.”
The positions of the entrances, and the related vertical movement elements and passages had to be designed specifically to the available land at the surface and the road alignment at this particular location. The officials informed that it is an engineering challenge as this has resulted in “unique design of the station entrances, concourse layout as well as the ancillary areas,” officials informed
The PMCH Metro Station which is now constructed as an underground metro station will be having “four entry/exit gates in total, two inside the Patna Medical College and Hospital campus and the other two, towards the opposite side of the road on Ashok Rajpath,” the statement said.
A small subway of 30 metres will also be constructed to provide connectivity to the entry/exit gate on either side. The station will have two lifts and three escalators for the convenience of commuters, the DMRC said, and also shared the concept plan in graphic images.
The foundation stone of the Patna Metro was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 17, 2019