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Delhi Metro: Swanky stations on track

The boring yellow-cream coloured walls at the stations of the Delhi Metro are soon going to be a thing of the past. Taking cue from Singapore’s Mass Rapid Trasit System (MRTS), metro stations coming up on the Janakpuri (West)–Botanical Garden corridor are going to have glossy interiors with artwork in bright colours. Not just that, in a break from the past, all elevated stations on this corridor will be made in a unique ‘honey-comb’ design.

A move that will not only be a retreat to the eyes, but also will be a major source of revenue for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the interior walls of the stations will have toughened glass cladding with pleasant design patterns printed on those .

“Instead of plain brick walls, the interiors of the stations will have toughened glass panels with attractive designs printed on those. This will be a replacement to the usual painted walls or tiles. These will also be used for signage and advertisement panels,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC. While the artwork will also be laminated for lasting effect and durability, the biggest advantage is that these panels will be fire-proof, he said.

Instead of traditional walls and windows, the concourse and platforms will be made of cemented honey-comb design for enhanced ventilation. “Our architecture department has worked out a unique design replacing the usual railings and walls. The station would be covered with jaali-like walls to allow more light and ventilation into the concourse. Even the entry stairs and Concourse to platform stairs shall have perforated metal sheet cladding which will also give a sense of security to the commuters,” he said.

Besides, the design of the station has been done to reduce the overall volumetric impact of the station body on the urban fabric of the city, especially while driving on road under the station. “The main station body is cantilevered on the central pier and all the staircases (both Ground to concourse and Concourse to Platform) have been de-linked from the main station and placed sideways with a light cut-out in between. The staircase is connected to the main station via a bridge.

Instead of plain brick walls, the interiors will have toughened glass panels with attractive designs printed on those.

106 kiosks to come up at 74 stations

In a bid to augment revenue generation, the Delhi Metro is planning to open over 106 new kiosks at different stations across its network. While for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the move is one of its biggest property development initiatives, commuters can now look forward to grab a bite or buy stationary items while travelling on the metro.

The kiosks will come up at 74 stations across all six corridors , including the Airport Express Line. Even smaller stations will have such outlets now, a metro official said. “It gives sustainable additional revenue to the corporation while facilitating commuters by providing one-stop solution to their needs and also provides incentive for private sector participant developers,” said the official.

Currently, such shops are seen only in major stations such as Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Mandi House and MG Road . The metro’s busiest corridors, Line 2 (Yellow Line) that connects Jahangirpuri with Huda City Centre will have 23 kiosks while Line 3/4 (Blue Line) connecting Dwarka with Noida will have 38.

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