Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct an approximately 3 km new loop (ring) line under Central Vista.
This underground line with 4 proposed stations in Central Delhi will connect the operational Central Secretariat Station, serving yellow & violet lines, with new government buildings coming up as part of the Central Vista Redevelopment project.
Per DMRC, they’re expecting a peak hour demand of 20,000 passengers per hour during the morning and evening hours.
Per their joint statement:
DMRC shall provide technical assistance as well as execute finishing and services works for the construction of a metro loop corridor to connect the existing metro network with the new central secretariat buildings.
DMRC shall prepare the detailed project report apart from finalising the horizontal and vertical alignment of the tracks and tunnels along with sizing of facilities like platforms, support services and maintenance facilities. DMRC shall also appoint a detailed design consultant for the project.
CPWD will carry out the basic civil structure construction work, DMRC shall execute all other finishing and services works including design and construction of control systems, signal systems, track work, rolling stock, electrical and maintenance works etc.
Here’s my quick purely fictional take on how the line might look like with 4 stations at or near the vicinity of Central Secretariat, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Vigyan Bhavan Annexe and Ministry Of External Affairs Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan.
We’ll have to wait and see what the DPR suggests as far the number of stations, their locations, ridership projections and coach capacity go. I’m also curious to see if there will be any restrictions on the general public using it.
Trains on this line will likely operate in one direction, and the line will likely be a Automated People Mover (APM) system which are found at airports across the world. There’s one proposed at Delhi’s IGI Airport too – see the Delhi Air Train page. Also check out the IGI Airport Upgrade page I set up last month.
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