With a record number of 23 interchange stations in Phase III, Delhi Metro will not only extend its network but also expand some of the busiest stations like Kashmere Gate, Welcome and Anand Vihar.
The common feature in most of the expansions is the way the existing station will be merged with the new ones, many of whom will be on different levels . A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesman said, “Elevated stations will be integrated with undergrounds ones, so we have used all options for a seamless integration.”
For instance, at Azadpur, the existing elevated station on the HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri line will be expanded into an interchange station on the new Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor. The station for the new corridor, however, will be an underground station. “The two stations will be connected through a 151m foot overbridge, allowing commuters to access either station easily,” said the spokesman.
The new underground station , which will go down 17m, will have a structure over ground to provide connectivity to FOB, which will, in turn, be linked to the paid areas of both stations.
“Lifts and escalators will be provided for easy access to the FOB, which will be 9m above ground,” said the Metro official. The ticketing area for the stations will be at the ground level.
Across the city, in Hauz Khas, however, Delhi Metro will use a different design to integrate the existing station of Phase II with the new corridor. Part of the Yellow line (HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri ), the existing underground station will act as an interchange point on the new Janakpuri (west)- Botanical Garden corridor. The new station, which will also be an underground station, will integrate with the existing one through a ramp. The new station , according to the detailed project report of the corridor, is expected to cater to 1,69,414 commuters.
Further along at Botanical Garden though, the new station will be integrated by expanding the existing one, much like at Kashmere Gate that is already an interchange station.
“The Kashmere Gate station will be catering to three lines – the Dilshad Garden-Rithala, HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri and the new Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate lines,” said the DMRC official. Its new station is coming up below the existing station, said officials.