New Metro stations to have designated vehicle zones

May 21, 2013

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi,

In a bid to reduce vehicular chaos, all new Metro stations coming up under phase III will have separate slots for four wheelers, autos and buses in their premises.

While some existing stations are currently on roads or just beside roads such as Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar and Nirman Vihar among others, a major number of those in Phase III will come up on the city’s busy Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.

“We have plans to create drop-off pnsoints at all 91 metro stations to be built in phase III. The provision for drop-off points will depend on the availability of land,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.

 According to officials, while in the first two phases Delhi Metro focused on better connectivity between private transport and metro, in the new phase, the prime focus would be to encourage use of several modes of public transport.

The Delhi traffic police had in February approached DMRC to ensure halt-and-go facilities for auto-rickshaws on the station premises so that commuters, especially women, do not have to come out to board vehicles.

“This arrangement will make sure roads along metro stations are not decongested by rickshaws, autos and buses that pick and drop passengers. Besides, this will ensure smooth and safe shift of commuters from one mode of transport to another,” said Ashok Bhattacharya, director, UTTIPEC, which has proposed a multimodal integration at 68 metro stations in phase 3.

Additional commissioner of police (traffic), Anil Shukla said dedicated drop-off points for auto-rickshaws and other transport vehicles inside the station premises will provide better and safer last-mile connectivity to women commuters.

The traffic police had asked DMRC to explore possibilities for similar arrangements at all existing busy metro stations, wherever possible, to ease traffic woes for commuters.




Cleaner stations soon, thanks to high ridership

May 17, 2013


New Delhi : Increasing ridership has prompted the Delhi Metro to go for improved maintenance and housekeeping at its stations. On Sunday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation announced that it would be introducing new equipment for cleaning its entire network of stations. The official added that hi-tech machines and formal training would be provided to housekeeping staff of Delhi Metro to ensure that tidiness on the premises matches international standards.

WORLD-CLASS: A shot of Udyog Bhawan Metro station






Delhi Metro has a reputation for being one of the few public spaces in the city that is kept clean despite a substantial ridership of over 21 lakh commuters every day. Commuters can now expect even better, as new machines and special training for staff is being planned. The Delhi Metro spokesman said that DMRC would introduce new equipment for cleaning its premises, and supervisors and cleaning teams deputed at stations and maintenance depots will receive training by the British Institute of Cleaning Sciences at Gurgaon (National Capital Region). “In order to maintain world class cleanliness standards at Metro stations and surroundings, we have decided to re-work its cleaning and housekeeping practices by using advanced and hi-tech machines and we are conducting specialized training programme for our staff,” the spokesman said.


scrubber drier, backpack vacuum cleaners, disposal of waste in bio-degradable garbage disposal bags in a hygienic manner, and the use of eco-friendly cleaning chemicals and reagents are all part of the new cleaning regimen. Currently, Metro deploys around 3,500 housekeeping personnel at its 137 stations, working three shifts of eight hours each.

“On an average, 20-25 persons are deployed per station to keep the stations clean. The overall cleaning and housekeeping activities cost around Rs 5 crore per month,” the Delhi Metro official added.


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