Foot over­bridge link­ing Air­port Express and Pink lines opened

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

AMAL KS/HT PHOTO

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.

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