Date Of Post: 25 May, 2018
New Delhi: The soon-to-be-opened Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section of the Delhi Metro’s Magenta line will provide people easy access to the domestic terminal of the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) and will also reduce the commuting time between Noida & Gurgaon to around 50 minutes. The Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta line will be the longest stretch to be opened at one go so far by Delhi Metro.
- The corridor will be formally opened by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 28 from the Nehru Enclave metro station.
- DMRC Corporate Communications Executive Director Anuj Dayal said, the 24.82-km section comprises 16 stations including interchange facilities at Hauz Khas (with yellow line) and Janakpuri West (with Blue Line) and is part of the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden in Noida.
- He said, the expanse of entire Delhi Metro network will then increase to 277 km with 202 Metro stations after this section opens.
- Out of the 16 metro stations on the upcoming section, 14 are underground.
- He said, the escalators installed at the new Janakpuri West Metro station have the highest elevation for any escalator in India.
- These escalators have a height of 15.65 metres which surpasses the escalators installed at the Kashmere Gate Metro station which have a height of 14.575 metres.
- The horizontal length of the escalators are 35.32 metres, which is almost equal to a 5 storey building.
- Hauz Khas metro station will be the deepest underground metro station at 29 metres surpassing Chawri Bazar which is at a depth of 25 metres.
- The present station at Hauz Khas is 17 metres deep.
- “If the new station had to be constructed below the existing station, we would have to go deep up to about 42 metres, which would have been very difficult. So, the new station has been built adjacent to the existing station at a depth of 29 metres with a length of 265 metres.” he said.
- “It has been designed as a five level station (rail platform intermediate intermediate – concourse). Generally interchange stations have three or in some cases four levels only,” he said.
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