DMRC builds the first ever integrated underground car park at Dhansa Railway Station

Delhi Metro is building its first-ever underground car park integrated into an upcoming Gray Line metro station, which will allow commuters to park their vehicles and drive straight to the concourse, officials said on Thursday. The Dhansa Bus Stand metro station, being built on the Gray Line extension, is expected to open in July, they said.

Work on the 1.8 km long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section is now almost complete, and with the completion of this section, this corridor will become 6.1 km long with four stations, the Delhi Metro Rail has said. Corporation (DMRC).

“The Dhansa Bus Stand Metro Station on the Dwarka-Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand Corridor will be the first ever underground metro station in the Delhi Metro network to have a fully dedicated basement for vehicle parking,” said Delhi Metro in a statement. statement.

The car park will be integrated into the main area of ​​the station, and vehicle users will be able to park their cars and two-wheelers there and then proceed directly to the station concourse using elevators and escalators, officials said. responsible.

The station has been designed as a four level underground structure where the platforms will be at the bottom (at an approximate depth of 18m), followed by the concourse and then an entire floor for parking above with the roof level at high (or at ground level), the DMRC said.

The car park is equipped with facilities such as entrance and exit ramps, elevators, stairs and escalators. The facility will have parking space for approximately 110 cars and 185 two-wheelers. There would be provisions for property development activities at ground level in the future, according to the statement.

There will be an elevator in the center of the car park for passengers. Additionally, there will be two staircases and two escalators each, which will connect the facility directly to the lobby area below, he said.

During office hours, when passengers are in a rush to board trains and as early as possible, the location of the car park near the concourse will be a major advantage, officials said.

The car park can be considered a major design-based improvement as no other underground metro station in the Delhi Metro network has such a facility, the DMRC said.

Currently, Hindon River Metro Station on the Dilshad Garden-Shaheed Sthal Corridor (New Bus Adda) has underground parking despite it being an elevated station. The Airport Line’s New Delhi station has a multi-storey car park above the station, he said.

The car park will be of great benefit to local residents as the adjacent areas are extremely congested with very limited space for parking vehicles.

The parking space will have ramps on two sides for entry and exit of vehicles. There will be two entry and exit facilities that will connect the parking lot to the surface above and the platform below, officials said.

Delhi Metro currently operates car parks in around 100 metro stations across the network.

This extension of the gray line will greatly benefit the inhabitants of the interior areas around Najafgarh. All efforts are being made to open the Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section later this month after complying with all legal requirements, the officials said.

DMRC has 10 lines covering 242 stations and 264 stations including Gurgaon Rapid Metro.

Bonny J. Streater