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 highway proudly owning company has already ready a proposal for the undertaking.
A second official who’s related to the hall redevelopment undertaking said that the site visitors and transport interventions are more likely to be accomplished by 2025. “We now have taken approvals from 15 companies, together with DDA, municipal company, PWD, and so forth concerned in numerous features of the undertaking [revamp of the station] and are awaiting the ultimate approval from UTTIPEC (Unified Site visitors and Transportation Infrastructure Centre),” the official who additionally requested to not be named stated.
Based on 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 extensive and we plan to widen it to 17 metres. This will probably be carried out through the use of field pushing approach,” stated an official requesting anonymity.
The Minto bridge, rechristened Shivaji bridge, was constructed in the course of 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 out to be synonymous with the failure of Delhi’s drainage community throughout monsoons.
The official said that the growth 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 the whole 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 each side of Desh Bandhu Gupta highway and Kamala market utilizing two foot overbridges (FOBs) assembly at proper angles. The skywalk will probably be additional linked to the three arms of the FOBs with entry-exit factors offered at Garstin Baston highway and Asaf Ali Marg.
“Regardless of the rise in site visitors quantity, sufficient house has been demarcated to maintain the area pedestrian pleasant. The highway proper exterior Gate 1 of the railway station may 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 day by day and over 170 million passengers yearly. The projected improve in peak hour passenger quantity (variety of passengers on the station per hour) is more likely to vary from 45,000 to 55,000 within the subsequent twenty years.
Professor Sewa Ram, who teaches transport planning within the College of Planning and Structure, stated that they’ve carried out research to determine accessibility and walkability close to the New Delhi railway station in direction of Ajmeri Gate.”There are a number of issues when it comes to accessibility within the speedy neighborhood of the station. Companies 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 sooner motion of site visitors and creation of recent congestion level in direction of the railway station. “We’d like a complete 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 value round ₹14,000 crore, will probably be carried out 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 improvement physique plans to assemble a 70 metres excessive dome-shaped constructing (infinity tower), 40-storey twin towers and enterprise district, offering workplace and business house, multilevel car-parking on both aspect of the station (Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate) for five,000 autos, retail hub, pedestrian boulevard, and so forth. It’s going to additionally improve the highway community across the station.
The revamp of the New Delhi station, which handles roughly 450,000 passengers day by day (160-170 million passengers yearly), has been occurring since 2007.