Foot overbridge linking Airport Express and Pink lines opened
NEW DELHI : Travelling from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) to various parts of the capital on the Delhi Metro got easier on Saturday as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) inaugurated a f oot overbridge (FOB) linking the Airport Express Line with the Pink Line.
The FOB connects the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus Metro station of the Pink Line with the Dhaula Kuan Airport Line station.
“This FOB will provide connectivity between Terminal 3 of the IGI Airport and areas across the national capital,”anuj Dayal, DMRC executive director (corporate communications), said.
The pedestrian bridge was opened for the public on Saturday after an inspection by DMRC managing director Mangu Singh. With 22 travelators, the FOB is expected make commutes easier for passengers travelling to and from Terminal 3 of the IGI Airport. While the FOB is around 6.1m wide, travelators have been installed with around 5m of landing space between them.
“Passengers from all parts of the city, such as Mayur Vihar in the east, Ashram, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Moti Bagh in the south and Delhi Cantonment, Naraina in the west will be able to use the FOB via the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station to take the Airport Express Line to reach the airport. Until now, the Airport Line was only connected with the Blue Line at Dwarka Sector 21,” Dayal said.
According to a DMRC statement, the semi-covered FOB has a curved roof and aluminium louvre on the sides with glass railings. The bridge is equipped with CCTV cameras, lighting, and a public address system.
“The CCTV cameras, installed at strategic locations, shall be monitored round-theclock. There will also be space for display panels. Benches have also been installed at some points,” the statement added.
According to the DMRC, the construction of the FOB was a “major engineering challenge”, due to the location of the bridge and multiple 220KV and 33KV high-tension lines at almost all pier locations. Delhi Jal Board water pipelines, and high pres- sure GAIL lines along the alignment which required constant monitoring, made planning and construction of the FOB even more difficult, officials said.
“The road along the FOB is used to travel to the airport and is crowded throughout the day. DMRC engineers had to carry out a bulk of the construction at night, to ensure the flow of traffic was unhampered. The adjacent Ring Road was not blocked even for a few hours during constructions,” Dayal said.
Commuters use the newly constructed foot overbridge, which links the Delhi Metro’s Dhaula Kuan and South Campus stations, over a distance of around 1km.