Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday inaugurated the new Punjab Bagh Interchange Station facility between Delhi Metro’s 29.64 km Green Line (Line-5) and 58.43 km Pink Line (Line-7).
This facility comes with new 155m platforms retrofitted on the Green Line and a 212m connecting foot-overbridge (FOB) linking to the Pink Line’s existing Punjabi Bagh Station.
The facility was built by Som Projects through a 13 month Rs. 46.77 crore contract under the 162 km Phase 3 project’s package CC-136 awarded in August 2019.
They were assisted by LKT Engineering as the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) and by Bridgecon Infra Consultants as the Proof Consultant.
As shared in the past – DMRC during the 124 km Phase 2 project’s construction (2006-2010) did not construct a station on the Green Line abutting the Ring Road – one of the biggest design oversights on the entire network.
During Phase 3’s construction, DMRC initially planned to build a 820m foot overbridge to connect the new Pink Line’s Punjabi Bagh West Station with the Green Line’s Shivaji Park Station, but that plan did not materialize for want of a better long-term solution.
To fix this, DMRC decided to retrofit an entirely new ‘halt’ station with platforms on the operational viaduct of the Green Line, without a concourse area, to allow passengers to board and de-board. Riders will need to go down one level and take the 212m elevated walkway to the reach the concourse area of the Punjabi Bagh West Station of the Pink Line.
Needless to say, the time savings and convenience this facility will provide to riders will be phenomenal. For example, riders heading from Mundka to Sarojini Nagar will no longer have to spend 2 hours and interchange thrice (Green to Blue to Yellow to Pink), but can now simply switch trains once and spend 50 or so minutes.
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