Dhaula Kuan skywalk to open in Fe­bru­ary

Con­struc­tion of the skywalk had hit some road­blocks and the project had got de­layed twice.


The mas­sive and state-ofthe-art 1.2 km long skywalk in Dhaula Kuan, con­nect­ing the Pink Line and the Air­port Ex­press Line of the Delhi Metro, is likely to be thrown open to the pub­lic by early next month, ac­cord­ing to Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC) sources.

The con­struc­tion of the skywalk had hit some road­blocks ear­lier due to which the project had got de­layed twice and the dates for its in­au­gu­ra­tion had to be pushed once from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber 2018, and then after fail­ing the De­cem­ber dead­line, it has now been de­cided that the skywalk would be opened for pub­lic by next month.

Sources in the DMRC told this cor­re­spon­dent that the con­struc­tion of the skywalk had been chal­leng­ing due to the pres­ence of mul­ti­ple 220KV and 33KV high ten­sion (HT) lines at al­most all pier lo­ca­tions, due to which man­ual break­ing of the hard rocks around these lines took a lot of time. Also, the pres­ence of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) wa­ter lines and GAIL high pres­sure lines had to be con­stantly mon­i­tored so as not to dam­age them.

How­ever, a DMRC spokesper­son told this news­pa­per, “Con­struc­tion work of the Foot Over Bridge (FOB) con­nect­ing the Air­port Line and the Pink Line is now al­most com­plete. The FOB shall be ready for op­er­a­tions by next month. In the last few months, work had to be stopped in­ter­mit­tently due to the ban on con­struc­tion work across the city. Heavy traf­fic on the ad­join­ing roads has also been a ma­jor chal­lenge”.

The 1.2 km long skywalk has been in­stalled with lat­est and state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy to fa­cil­i­tate those com­mut­ing be­tween the Durga Bai Desh­mukh sta­tion on the Pink Line with the Dhaula Kuan sta­tion on the Air­port Ex­press Line.

The skywalk has been fit­ted with 22trav­e­la­tors hav­ing a to­tal length of 648 me­tres along the 1,200 me­tre long foot over bridge. The trav­e­la­tors would help in the fast and con­ve­nient move­ment of com­muters be­tween the two Metro sta­tions which are 2 km apart pass­ing through the busy NH8.

The skywalk is be­ing built keep­ing in mind the heat, cold, rain and dust con­di­tions of the city. Part of the FOB is cov­ered with curved roof on the top along with alu­minium lay­overs from the sides.

DMRC’S Dhaula Kuan skywalk un­der con­struc­tion.

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