Delhi Metro's Hauz Khas Metro station, which connects Huda City Centre and Samaypur Badli is soon going to have deepest underground station of the Delhi Metro network. A new metro section is being constructed right below the existing metro station.
Delhi Metro’s Hauz Khas Metro station, which connects Huda City Centre and Samaypur Badli is soon going to have deepest underground station of the Delhi Metro network! A new metro section is being constructed right below the existing station, according to an HT report. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said that the track of the new station is 32m deep, which is the height of a 10 storey building. After the inauguration of this significant link, the time taken by people to commute between Gurgaon’s Huda City Centre metro station and Noida’s Botanical Garden station will be around 50 minutes. At present, it takes around 90 minutes to commute between Huda City Centre and Botanical Garden with an interchange at Rajiv Chowk. So, that’s a saving of 40 minutes!
Once the new link is inaugurated, a huge crowd is expected, making the new station, double the size of a normal metro station. A DMRC official who is involved in the construction of the new link, elaborated by saying that generally, a station is constructed in 16,000 square metres but the new Hauz Khas metro station is spread over 32,000 square metres, which has been done to ensure smooth flow of passengers. In addition to this, he also said that about 1,69,414 passengers are expected at the station on a daily basis. The new link will also help to decongest the Rajiv Chowk metro station, which is used by more than 5 lakh passengers daily. Also, passengers traveling between Gurgaon and Noida and other South Delhi’s areas like Nehru Place, Kalkaji won’t have to interchange at Rajiv Chowk and can change trains at Hauz Khas.
It was impossible for the DMRC to go below the existing Hauz Khas metro station, as the foundation is 32 metres and the foundation for the flyover on Outer Ring Road is also present there, so, for the construction of the new link, DMRC had to go deep to 42 metres, which would have been very difficult. Therefore, the new link is just adjacent to the existing metro station, an engineer was quoted as saying in the report.
Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line – the new section is part of this – was inaugurated two months ago and runs between Noida’s Botanical Garden Metro station and South Delhi’s Kalkaji Mandir Metro station. The Magenta line, which is to be operational between Botanical Garden and Janakpuri West, will start its functioning in the remaining part by the end of March, 2018. Apart from this, for the first time, the Magenta line will also connect to the domestic terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. In addition to this, the line will also provide its connectivity to IIT and hostel area to Noida and Gurgaon.