Metro plans Mandi House as new hub

Metro

As part of Phase III, new interchange hub will take pressure off Rajiv Chowk, offer easy connectivity to Badarpur

Commuters on the Badarpur Metro corridor can expect a quick changeover to connecting trains at the Mandi House station, which is being developed as the major interchange point for Phase III.

At present, commuters on the Badarpur corridor have to change two trains — at Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk — to get on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Center/Anand Vihar). But with the extension of the Badarpur corridor from Central Secretariat to Red Fort, the line will run through Mandi House station.

Apart from reducing hassles for the commuters, the move will also ease the passenger load on Rajiv Chowk Metro station, which currently handles over 5 lakh commuters per day. An important interchange station for Blue and Yellow Line (Jahangirpuri to Huda City Center), Rajiv Chowk has been witnessing overcrowding as passengers from Badarpur corridor also roll in.

"We are trying to ease traffic from the Rajiv Chowk station and for that the Mandi House Metro station is being developed as a crucial interchange point for Phase III. With the new plan in place we hope to decongest Rajiv Chowk that presently gets overcrowded during peak hours," said E Sreedharan, Managing Director, DMRC, during the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express.

As part of Phase III, a new 6.8-km line is expected to come up from Central Secretariat to Red Fort. The new line will be developed on a standard gauge and integrated with the Badarpur corridor, which too runs on standard gauge.

As the existing Mandi House station has broad gauge tracks, Metro officials are now working on plans to develop a parallel station at the same site. According to senior officials, the new station will either be located parallel to the existing station — like at Central Secretariat, which has both broad gauge and standard gauge tracks running parallel. The other option being explored is to have standard gauge tracks running above the existing Mandi House station, similar to the Kashmere Gate station, the interchange point for Red Line (Shahdara to Rithala) and Yellow Line.

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