The frilly revamp plan for the New Delhi railway station may even embrace widening of the Minto bridge and skywalks close to Ajmeri Gate to handle the elevated site visitors quantity within the surrounding areas, officers conscious of the matter stated.
An official from the Rail Land Improvement Authority (RLDA) who requested to not be named stated that the street proudly owning company has already ready a proposal for the mission.
A second official who’s related to the hall redevelopment mission said that the site visitors and transport interventions are prone to be accomplished by 2025. “Now we have taken approvals from 15 companies, together with DDA, municipal company, PWD, and so on concerned in numerous features of the mission [revamp of the station] and are awaiting the ultimate approval from UTTIPEC (Unified Visitors and Transportation Infrastructure Centre),” the official who additionally requested to not be named stated.
In keeping with the plan, one of many carriageways underneath the Minto bridge — from Connaught Place to the Civic Centre — will probably be widened by three metres. “The only carriageway on the Minto bridge is presently 14 metres vast and we plan to widen it to 17 metres. This will probably be carried out by utilizing field pushing method,” stated an official requesting anonymity.
The Minto bridge, rechristened Shivaji bridge, was constructed through the British rule in 1926 as a part of the realignment means of the railway line for New Delhi railway station. The waterlogged Minto bridge has turn into synonymous with the failure of Delhi’s drainage community throughout monsoons.
The official said that the enlargement work will probably be carried out by the railways however the upkeep of the bridge, together with the drainage community, will proceed to stay with the general public works division.
The official overseeing the site visitors and transport infrastructure plan finalisation said that the site visitors survey and mapping of all the peripheral space across the railway station has been carried out to design particular interventions.
As an example, the skywalk at Ajmeri Gate junction has been proposed to attach the Gate quantity 3 of Metro station with either side of Desh Bandhu Gupta street and Kamala market utilizing two foot overbridges (FOBs) assembly at proper angles. The skywalk will probably be additional related to the three arms of the FOBs with entry-exit factors offered at Garstin Baston street and Asaf Ali Marg.
“Regardless of the rise in site visitors quantity, sufficient area has been demarcated to maintain the area pedestrian pleasant. The street proper outdoors Gate 1 of the railway station could have a seven-metre-wide footpath and junctions have desk prime crossings,” the official added.
Presently, greater than 450,000 passengers go to the New Delhi Railway station every day and over 170 million passengers yearly. The projected improve in peak hour passenger quantity (variety of passengers on the station per hour) is prone to vary from 45,000 to 55,000 within the subsequent 20 years.
Professor Sewa Ram, who teaches transport planning within the College of Planning and Structure, stated that they’ve carried out research to establish accessibility and walkability close to the New Delhi railway station in the direction of Ajmeri Gate.”There are a number of issues when it comes to accessibility within the fast neighborhood of the station. Businesses ought to study from the interventions made across the IGI airport. The station redesigning ought to incorporate accessibility benchmarking because the affect space of the station extends as much as ITO, Paharganj and Connaught Place,” he stated.
Prof Ram stated that the Minto bridge additionally acts as a gate for the site visitors circulation and its widening could result in quicker motion of site visitors and creation of recent congestion level in the direction of the railway station. “We want a whole transportation system administration plan for the affect area with separate provision for segregated choose up and drop areas,” he added.
HT had reported in August that the RLDA plans to ask request for proposal (RFP) from 9 companies for the redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station (NDRS), India’s largest and second busiest railway facility.
The redevelopment plan, estimated to price round ₹14,000 crore, will probably be applied in two phases and will probably be primarily based on the Centre’s Transit Oriented Improvement (TOD) coverage. Of the 160 acres of land the place new developments have been proposed, work on round 85 acres will probably be taken up within the first section at a value of ₹6,500 crore.
Within the first section, the railway growth physique plans to assemble a 70 metres excessive dome-shaped constructing (infinity tower), 40-storey twin towers and enterprise district, offering workplace and business area, multilevel car-parking on both aspect of the station (Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate) for five,000 automobiles, retail hub, pedestrian boulevard, and so on. It should additionally improve the street community across the station.
The revamp of the New Delhi station, which handles roughly 450,000 passengers every day (160-170 million passengers yearly), has been occurring since 2007.