To ascertain the preparedness of the Delhi Metro to cater to the increasing rush of passengers and in view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, its Managing Director E. Sreedharan inspected the Chandni Chowk and Rajiv Chowk stations on Thursday.
Both the stations are among the most crowded of the Delhi Metro.
“At the Chandni Chowk metro station, Dr. Sreedharan gave orders to provide separate entry and exit entrances to smoothen the flow of passengers. The station also acts as an integrating point for Old Delhi railway station of the Indian railways,” said a Delhi Metro spokesperson.
At present, the station has five entrances for passengers. “Gate Number 5, which opens towards Chandni Chowk, handles the maximum rush whereas Gate Number 1, which opens towards Town Hall side, is the least used. In view of this, Dr. Sreedharan directed the officials to convert the existing Gate 5 exclusively for exit of passengers and to convert the Gate 1 exclusively for entry of passengers,” the spokesperson said.
Dr. Sreedharan also ordered for 14 additional ticket counters to be put near Gate1 and add two new escalators for passenger convenience to reach from ground to the concourse level.
At the Rajiv Chowk station, Dr. Sreedharan reviewed the progress of installation of four additional escalators. While two of them were made operational on Thursday, the other two are also likely to be commissioned within the next 10 days.
“At Chawri Bazar metro station, he ordered for a high-capacity lift to be put on Hauz Qazi side of the station for the convenience of passengers. Dr. Sreedharan also directed the officials to execute and implement the new arrangement before the Games,” the spokesperson said.