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Boost to last mile connectivity: Delhi Metro introduces cycle parking space at stations

New Delhi: In a bid to encourage the use of bicycles among the commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced permanent parking spaces for bicycles at its metro stations. The parking charges will be around Rs 5 upto 12 hours, Rs 10 upto 24 hours, however, additional Rs 10 will be charged at night.

Currently, the DMRC has a provision of allowing commuters to use bicycles for covering small distances at nominal charges at some of its metro stations.

"In a boost to last mile connectivity, DMRC is introducing permanent space for bicycle stands at its Metro stations which have dedicated parking lots to promote the use of bicycles as part of an eco-friendly measure. The extension of the existing stands will be carried out in more stations in a phased manner. The permanent bicycle stands have the parking capacity of multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles," the DMRC said in a series of tweets.

"It's an effort to tackle the problem of pollution, the organisation has been encouraging commuters to use bicycles as it is an eco-friendly mode of transport, said official.

At present, this facility is available at 18 parking lots at different stations across Delhi Metro network. These stations are: Line-1: Seelampur, Shahdara, Welcome, Rithala; Line-2: Saket, Arjangarh, Chattarpur, Line-3/4(3): Dwarka Mor, Dwarka, Dwarka Sec21, Line-5 : Mundka, Nangloi, Peeragarhi, Line-6: Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Sarita Vihar, Line-8 : Okhla Bird Sanctuary.

However, "the parking lots at Nawada, Uttam Nagar (E) and Vishwavidayala Metro stations have also been identified for permanent bicycle stands which will be installed within few days. This facility will be further extended to more stations in a phased manner," DMRC said in a statement.

"These permanent bicycle stands have the capacity for parking of multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles," the DMRC statement added.

"DMRC in association with some private operators is already operating 20 bicycle sharing service stands (through operators) covering 19 stations across its network. With the recent expansion of Metro network, 13 more stations have been identified for these bicycle sharing service which will be functional in few weeks," official added.

The Delhi Metro's current operational span is 343 km with 250 metro stations, spread over eight colour-coded lines.

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