BOTANICAL GARDEN- NATIONAL CAPITAL REGIONS FIRST EVER INTERCHANGE HUB READY FOR OPERATIONS
The Botanical Garden Metro station, on the Dwarka – NOIDA Blue Line has been transformed as the first ever interchange Metro station in the National Capital Region outside the boundaries of Delhi city.In the present operational network, there are no interchange stations outside Delhi. Even after the completion of Phase 3, Botanical Garden will remain the only interchange station in the NCR. This station is going to provide interchange between Line 3 (NOIDA City Centre – Dwarka Sector 21) and the Botanical Garden corridor – Kalkaji Mandir Magenta line of Phase 3 (Line 8), which is expected to be commissioned soon.
This Metro station will connect NOIDA directly with important locations of south Delhi such as Nehru Place, Kalkaji, etc. Passengers travelling from NOIDA to Faridabad will now be able to change trains at Kalkaji Mandir and go directly to Faridabad. Since both Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir are interchange stations, there will be significant reduction in travelling time between various destinations especially those on the blue and violet lines. Some of the examples are as follows:
The projected interchange load of the new station as per the Detailed Project Report will be 97,780. In 2021, the number is expected to increase to 123,020. The Botanical Garden Metro has a total parking area of about 1,420 sq. mtrs.
The Botanical Garden – Kalkaji section will comprise of nine stations. Apart from Kalkaji Mandir, all other stations will be elevated. And after the subsequent extension of the Magenta line from Kalkaji Mandir to Janakpuri West in the near future, the traveling time between NOIDA and Gurugram will come down by about half an hour to a total of 50 minutes with interchange at Hauz Khas. Presently, a journey from HUDA City Centre in Gurugram to Botanical Garden in NOIDA takes about 1.5 hours with interchange at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
NOIDA will also get directly connected with the domestic terminals of the Indira Gandhi International Airport for the first time. The journey from the Botanical Garden station to the domestic terminal will take about 40 minutes only.
The new station building has been connected with the existing station with the help of a slab about 20 mtrs wide and 100 mtrs long. There is platform to platform and concourse to concourse connectivity. Therefore, there is both paid area and unpaid area connectivity.DELHI METRO SETS UP INDIA’S FIRST EVER ELEVATED STABLING YARD FOR METRO TRAINS AT JASOLA VIHAR
The depot for the Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden corridor is located at Kalindi Kunj. About 22.5 hectares of land was requisitioned for the construction of the depot out of which only about 50 percent could become available due to certain land acquisition issues. This was the only depot catering to the entire 36 kilometre line and had to be made ready on time to ensure the opening of the section.
Since the available land was insufficient to construct all the major components of the depot, a decision was taken to construct elevated decks in Jasola Vihar to stable the trains. For the same, a 1.3 kilometre long and 30-40 mtr wide deck for stabling lines was constructed at Jasola Vihar near Kalindi Kunj on an elevated deck about 13 to 14 metres from the ground, where the trains operating on this section are being stabled.
In the main depot area at Kalindi Kunj, the Auto Washing plant, for the cleaning of the trains, has also been set up at on an elevated deck for effective space management. A similar facility had earlier been set up at the Sultanpur depot in Phase 2 due to space constraints.
This facility will be able to accommodate 27 trains and the Inspection Bay would be able to hold six to eight trains at a time. In addition, another elevated deck for stabling additional trains in the future is also being planned.
In addition, solar power panels are also being installed atop the elevated stabling yard. Delhi Metro had earlier installed solar panels at its depots in Yamuna Bank, Ajronda and Mukundpur.Anuj Dayal