Majlis Park–South Campus section to be inspected from Feb 26-29
New Delhi: This March, Delhi Metro is likely open the first section of the Pink Line (Majlis Park–Shiv Vihar), the 20.6 km-long corridor which will function as an arc connecting north, north west, west and south Delhi.
Between February 26 and 29, the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will inspect the Majlis Park–Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus section of the Pink Line.
With the operation of this line, the upcoming Metro station of Azadpur will emerge as a major junction of north Delhi. The interchange station will connect many areas of north Delhi directly to south and south west Delhi.
With the completion of the Majlis Park–Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus section next month, Azadpur will effectively connect north Delhi areas such as Model Town, Gujranwala Town, GTB Nagar, Lal Bagh and Kingsway Camp, with south west Delhi areas like Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden and Naraina Vihar, as well as south Delhi areas like Moti Bagh, South Extension, INA and Ashram.
The upcoming station will be connected with the existing network of Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli–HUDA City Centre) by a foot over bridge, offering commuters seamless connectivity.
"Commuters changing between the Yellow and Pink lines won't have to come out of the Metro network as the foot over bridge connecting the stations is part of the paid area," said an official of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The Azadpur Metro station is expected to come up as a prominent hub after its completion, as it will have a 197 metre-long foot over bridge connecting the existing and new stations, as well as a 90 metre-long special ramp created for wheelchair-bound commuters. The station will have a projected footfall of 72, 411 passengers. Currently, it has a footfall of nearly 16,000.
"Azadpur station will be the first underground and first interchange station on Pink Line when coming from the Majlis Park side," said the DMRC official.
As the existing platform is an elevated one, it is 30 metre higher than the new one.
Pink-coloured bands have been put all across the new station to make it easier for commuters to identify the stations.
As elevators cannot be installed at semi-underground entry/exit points, DMRC, for the first time, has created ramps for wheelchair-bound commuters.
As the station is coming up on land originally meant for a park, DMRC has dedicated a sizeable portion to create green areas. It will also showcase unique art installations, a "stereo kinetic shimmer wall" being the most eye-catching. Art installations will also showcase the farmers' market at Azadpur Mandi.