2 more Metro stations for Okhla

May 21, 2013

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi,

 The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to construct two more Metro stations in the Okhla industrial area in south Delhi under its phase 3 expansion plans.

The congested industrial suburb is a hub of medium and small-scale industries that houses corporate offices and call centres of several business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and there has been a long-pending demand for a robust public transport system in the area.

The two new stations — Okhla Phase 3 and Okhla Vihar — will come up on the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor, said a spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

While the Okhla Phase 3 station will come up near the Okhla Railway station, just ahead of the Modi Mill flyover, the latter will come up behind the Jamia Nagar police station, a DMRC spokesperson said.

Okhla is divided into three phases. As per a traffic survey conducted by the Delhi Metro, the two upcoming stations will cater to more than 20,000 new commuters, when they open by 2016. The ridership is expected to rise to about 25,000 by 2021.

Presently, Okhla has just one Metro station on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur Metro corridor (violet line). The station is located in Harkesh Nagar area of Okhla’s Phase 2 and registers a footfall of nearly 5,100 passengers every day.

“The Okhla Phase 3 Metro station will be a big boon for the Okhla Industrial Area Phase 3 complex, which houses many industrial units and offices of private companies. There is no Metro connectivity to this area right now. The nearest Metro station is Kalkaji on the violet line,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson of DMRC. The tenders for the construction of these Metro stations have been awarded and work has begun.



More gadgets to power clean Metro stations

May 21, 2013

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi,

Come June and the premises of all Delhi Metro stations will remain clean round the clock.

In a bid to ensure world-class cleanliness, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has procured a set of new equipment and machinery – including electrically operated scrubber drier and back pack vacuum cleaners – at all its stations and their surrounding areas in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.

 Officials said, keeping in view the fact that room for mistakes by cleaning staff would be more considering the proposed expansion of the network under Phase III, the corporation had made arrangements for automated cleaning.

“These new equipment would provide mechanised cleaning operations and ensure dust free sweeping and cleaning. The new system will also dispose waste and garbage in bio-degradable disposal bags,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of DMRC.




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.




Metro rail project: Haryana’s plan to partner with UT may be decided today

May 21, 2013

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times


Haryana’s plan to partner with UT administration in the ambitious Metro rail project is likely to be decided in a meeting of the project’s coordination committee in New Delhi on Monday.
UT administration, Punjab, Haryana and the union ministry of urban development (MUD) will take part in the meeting to discuss the project that is expected to cost Rs. 10,900 crore. The Metro, once completed, will cover a distance of 35.75 kilometers and be a mode of rapid public transport for Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar. The government of Punjab and Haryana and UT administration will jointly bear the expenses of the project.

Haryana has expressed its intention of becoming a partner with Chandigarh in the project. Punjab government would just bear the cost of the project falling in its jurisdiction. The Punjab cabinet has already approved the link between SAS Nagar and Chandigarh. Chandigarh plans to take a loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency, which also gave the loan for the Delhi Metro project.

Last year, the administration had submitted a detailed project report to the MUD for approval, which is still pending. The ministry is likely to give a nod after deliberation on all issues related to the project.

While corridor 1 of the project, measuring 12.49 km, will stretch from Capitol Complex in Sector 1 of Chandigarh to Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan in Sector 70 of SAS Nagar, the second corridor would stretch from Mullanpur in SAS Nagar district to Grain Market in Sector 20 of Panchkula. UT adviser KK Sharma and UT finance secretary VK Singh will represent Chandigarh in the meeting.

Source -http://www.hindustantimes.com


Phase 3 Metro stations to have bus stops in 50-metre radius

May 21, 2013

Subhendu Ray , Hindustan Times  New Delhi,

The idea of seamless integration of public transport has taken a small step closer to reality. Each of the upcoming stations in Phase III will have a bus stop hardly 50m away from the station gates.

“This arrangement of seamless integration of Metro and bus will help commuters to easily shift from one mode of public transport to another,” said a spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

This measure has been taken as per the guidelines set by the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC), said the spokesperson.

 UTTIPEC, in consultation with DMRC, had advised shifting and building bus stops near Metro stations to provide easy and immediate access to both modes of public transport.

“The seamless integration of these transport modes will help in creating a robust public transport system in the Capital,” said Ashok Bhattacharjee, director, UTTIPEC.

According to sources, in phase 1 and 2, Delhi Metro had primarily catered to the urban commuters and had made elaborate arrangements to provide parking facilities for private vehicles at the stations.

In the current phase, the Metro is expanding to the suburbs and rural belts. So a seamless integration between two modes of public transport has become the need of the hour.

During phase 3, many stations will be built on the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road, where thousands of commuters travel by buses to almost every part of the city.

Some of the existing important Metro stations are integrated with bus stands.

The Metro stations include Kashmere Gate, which is interconnected with an inter-state bus stand (ISBT), and the Anand Vihar station. Stations such as Central Secretariat and Lakshmi Nagar also have bus stops nearby.


Amid border tension,chinese dig tunnel for Delhi Metro Line

May 20, 2013

Parvati Sharma 

Amid the brouhaha in India over the border incursions by their troops, Chinese engineers were last week calmly tunneling in the heart of the national capital for the heritage line of the Delhi Metro network, signifying the growing commercial linkages between the two neighbours. Engineers of the

Shanghai Urban Construction Group (SUCG) lowered a massive 300-tonne Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) into a crater that was once a park in the shadows of the city’s main mosque – the 17th century Jama Masjid in old Delhi.

A station will be built here as part of the Delhi Metro’s 9.37 km Central Secretariat- Kashmiri Gate corridor, also called the heritage line because of its proximity to many monuments. “Tunneling this section is quite a difficult and sensitive job because of so many historic monuments here. The task is complicated by the rocky and sandy nature of the soil in this section,” Lu Yuanqiang, chairman, SUCG Infrastructure India, told IANS on location. SUCG has formed a joint venture (JV) with Indian conglomerate L&T that has been awarded different projects by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). With another Indian company, it has already constructed the New Delhi Elevated Subway (viaduct) for the second phase of DMRC’s project. Lu said his company had the expertise required to stabilise the soil in rocky areas where tunneling disturbs stability and increases the risk of subsidence.

On the Mandi House-ITO section of the line, where soil conditions were much better, 500 metres (of the 750-metre long section) of tunnel had been constructed, he said. The JV’s 2009 tunnel section for the Delhi Metro Airport Express – again requiring specialised expertise – was completed well before schedule, Lu said. The heritage line is located nine metres below the existing ramp for the Dwarka-Noida/Vaishali line and runs for 80 metres along the corridor. “The work has to be meticulous as it’s coming up under an operational corridor,” Shen Chenming, the project director, told IANS. Shen, who has been in Delhi for nearly five years, leads the workforce that is largely Chinese. Lu pointed out the difficulties that could arise from externalities in what is otherwise a fruitful collaboration between Indian and Chinese businesses.

“Specifically we face visa problems, delays and uncertainties if the relationship runs into complications for political reasons,” he said. From the business perspective, he had special praise for India, where, he said, public opinion ensures that it is “fair” for those wanting to do business. “India is a very important market for us. The Indian market is open, fair and just, while active public opinion ensures this, at least from our experience in the construction sector,” Lu said. The SUCG-L&T JV also has the contract for constructing the tunnel and stations for the Delhi Metro’s Vasant Vihar-Hauz Khas section.

Source -http://constructionsphere.com

Now recharge Metro smart card online

May 10, 2013

Arpan Rai/ New Delhi

DELHI Metro commuters will now be able to recharge their smart cards online using a credit or a debit card.

In a first for Capital’s public transport, Delhi Metro managing director Mangu Singh on Thursday launched an online recharge facility for Metro cards. Commuters will be able to check and validate their recharge via a touchscreen Ticket Reader- cum- Add Value machines currently installed at 13 Metro stations.

The machines will also provide commuters with information about the balance in the smart card, last recharge details and the last five entry- exit transactions.

About a hundred such machines will be installed in the coming month, said Singh. Metro commuters can top up their smart cards through  www. delhimetrorail.com and www. dmrcsmartcard.com.



Traffic police ask Metro to come up with better diversion plan on Ring Road

April 12, 2013

Traffic police ask Metro to come up with better diversion plan on Ring Road

 NEW DELHI: The traffic police have asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to come up with a better traffic diversion plan for Ring Road.

The DMRC had recently indicated that Metro construction work on the stretch connecting Bhikaji Cama Place with Hazrat Nizamuddin would barely affect five per cent of city’s traffic. It is part of the 37-km long Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor.

But the traffic police are anticipating major inconvenience. They have asked DMRC to come up with an alternative diversion plan at the busy South Extension market, Vinoba Puri and Ashram. According to traffic police, Metro work will trigger massive snarls on Ring Road, especially at Ashram and Captain Gaur Marg. According to Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic), diversions at Ashram and Vinoba Puri are a matter of concern due shortage of space at the construction sites.

Earlier, Delhi Metro had hired a private company (TPA Engineers Consultancy Pvt Ltd) to conduct a survey on Ring Road to ensure minimum obstruction to traffic flow during construction work

Important areas on Ring Road where Metro construction will take place include Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place, Shakarpur, Punjabi Bagh West, Rajouri Garden, Mayapuri, Naraina Vihar, Delhi Cantt., Dhaula Kuan, Moti Bagh, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar and Srinivaspuri.



Metro work to hit major shopping hubs

April 12, 2013

  • Metro work to hit major shopping hubs

 NEW DELHI: After facing inconvenience at Janpath for two years due to Delhi Metro construction, shoppers who frequent the Capital’s three major markets — Sarojini Nagar, INA and Lajpat Nagar — are in for a bigger headache from next week.

The construction of five major stations — Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, Lajpat Nagar and Nizamuddin — as part of Delhi Metro’s proposed corridor connecting Mukundpur with Shiv Vihar in phase 3 is scheduled to kickstart within a fortnight.

The traffic police would divert vehicles on the stretch that connects the Capital’s main markets. Jams are also expected on arterial roads that connect the ring road to south Delhi.

According to Jitendra Tyagi, director (works), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), construction would largely be completed by early 2015, after which traffic restrictions would be lifted.

“The diversions are going to affect traffic movement on the busy ring road,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic). “We would allow partial closure of roads and divert traffic to other roads.”

DMRC will put up barricades next week, after which the traffic police will conduct a trial run to test the stretch.

Traffic police said the diversions would hit Feroze Gandhi Marg, Barapullah to Aurobindo Marg, Africa Avenue to ring road, August Kranti Marg and Green Park, among other areas.

Source- www.hindustantimes.com


Metro Bus Service: Smart traffic signals still not operational

March 28, 2013

By Our Correspondent
Published: March 25, 2013

File photo of Metro Bus. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ ZAHOORUL HAQ.

LAHORE: The Intelligence Transportation System (ITS) installed for the Metro Bus System (MBS) might take another 20 days to become functional, The Express Tribunehas learnt.

Peter Jacob, an Australian SCAT (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System) expert, supervised the installation of the modern fifth generation traffic signals for four days before returning to Australia on Sunday.

The signals have been installed at Gulab Devi Junction, Qainchi Junction, Gazi Road Junction, Kamahan Junction, Masjid Ibrahim Junction, Chungi Amar Sidhu Junction, Kalma Chowk and Azadi Chowk.

According to an MBS official, six of these signals are expected to become functional in 10 days but the signal at Kalma Chowk might take two more weeks. The Traffic Engineering Transport Planning Agency and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited were carrying out civil works at Chungi Amar Sidhu, he said.

ITS Urban Unit Project Coordinator Muhammad Razzaq said, “We will complete work on seven traffic signals in a week.” The traffic signal at Kalma Chowk would take some time but would be put in an adaptive mode soon.

The wiring for ITS at Chungi Amar Sidhu had been damaged during civil works…Repairs to the signal would be made after the civil works were finished, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2013.


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