Delhi Metro Update: Skywalk connecting New Delhi railway station and metro stations to be inaugurated

A dedicated skywalk, constructed by DMRC in collaboration with Northern Railway, for providing seamless connectivity between the Ajmeri Gate side of the New Delhi Railway station and the adjacent New Delhi Metro stations on Yellow Line and Airport Express Line will be opened for passenger use from Today.

  • This newly constructed Skywalk is an extension of the foot over bridge (FOB) inside the railway station and connects the Ajmeri Gate Side of the station with the New Delhi Metro station as well as the multilevel parking across Bhavbhuti Marg through multiple entry and exit points.
  • The main highlights of this skywalk will be as follows:
    • The skywalk is 242 meters long.  
    • This dedicated skywalk will be of great benefit to provide seamless connectivity between one of the busiest hubs of New Delhi Railway station and Metro stations of New Delhi on Yellow Line and Airport Express Line.
    • Apart from providing seamless connectivity, the skywalk will also help in streamlining the traffic flow on Ajmeri Gate side of the railway station.
    • The Skywalk has been provided with escalators along with facilities such as CCTV surveillance cameras etc.
    • The construction of this unique skywalk in a hub witnessing significant traffic, was a major engineering challenge including the disruptions posed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The structure had to be built above a functional underground Metro station just 3 metres below with major traffic movement on Bhavbhuti Marg. Also, the bridge had to be connected to two pre-existing building structures at the far ends ensuring minimum inconvenience to the people, infrastructure and other buildings nearby.

Recent Update:

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) on 28.02.2022 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), as per which 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, which shall come up as part of the Central Vista Area Redevelopment project.

  • The MoU was signed at Metro Bhawan today by DMRC’s Director, Business Development, Sh. Pramit Kumar Garg and Sh. P.S Chauhan, Additional Director General, CPWD in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
  • A Metro loop corridor, about three kilometres in length, connecting four Central Secretariat buildings with the existing Central Secretariat Metro station is being proposed to cater to the office goers who shall travel to these offices using the Metro. 
  • Planning is being done expecting a peak hour demand of 20,000 passengers per hour during the morning and evening peak hours. 
  • The entire corridor shall be underground.
  • As per the MoU, DMRC shall prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) 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 the Detailed Design Consultant for the project.
  • While 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.   
  • Presently DMRC is operating a Metro network of 391 kilometres with 286 Metro stations. 
  • As part of its fourth phase of expansion, DMRC is engaged in the construction of 65 kilometres of new lines across three different corridors.

Source: DMRC-Press Release