Here’s a picture-post showcasing the status of Delhi Metro’s underground Kalkaji Mandir Station on the upcoming 38.23 km Magenta Line. When it opens up in the coming months, users will be able to switch over to the Violet Line’s existing elevated station via a 250 meter long dedicated walkway.
Civil construction of this station was awarded to the Pratibha-FEMC JV on November 1 2012 as part of the 160 km Phase 3 project’s CC-23 package from here to Hauz Khas. Tunnels north of it, close to the Bahá’í Lotus Temple, were constructed using the New Austrian Tunneling method (NATM) while the ones south were constructed using the cut and cover method (within the Nehru Place Bus Terminal) and two EPB TBMs which were used to cross the Outer Ring Road towards the Nehru Enclave Station.
Trial runs on the Magenta Line commenced in June 2016 between the Kalindi Kunj Depot and Okhla Vihar Station, and were extended westward to Kalkaji Mandir shortly after in August. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was originally targeting to open this section up in December 2016, but has since then moved its publicly facing deadline every other month. They now plan to launch the 12 km Botanical Garden – Kalkaji section in June and the rest of the line by December 2017, but it remains to be seen if that’ll be accomplished.
The station’s structure has an interesting tapering roof. Some images from in and around:
Platform level images are not available at this time.
As I’ve highlighted earlier in tweets & comments, the completion of interior works at this and the Okhla NSIC Station are exactly what prevents the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation from applying for the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS)’ safety approval for starting commercial operations. Whenever they submit their application and the inspection dates are announced, I’ll post it via my Twitter handle. Stay tuned!
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