New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is set to throw open the stretch between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir for public use by June this year. After the opening of the stretch, Botanical Garden metro station will become the first and only interchange station in the National Capital Region, outside Delhi.
The Botanical Garden station will provide interchange between the currently operational Line 3 (Noida City Centre – Dwarka Sector 21) and the upcoming Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden corridor. This station will also help in connecting Noida with important locations of south Delhi like Nehru Place, Kalkaji and Hauz Khas. The Indira Gandhi International airport will also get direct connectivity to the Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden line, once it is fully operational.
“The projected interchange load at Botanical Garden station, as per the Detailed Project Report ,will be around 97,780. At present, nearly 14,000 passengers use the station every day. The station has a total parking area of about 1,420 sq metres, with a capacity to hold about 400 vehicles,” said a spokesperson of DMRC. He further added that with the new interchange station, travelling time between Noida and Gurgaon will come down by anything between 30 and 50 minutes, with interchange facility at Hauz Khas. Presently, a journey from HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon to Botanical Garden in Noida takes about 90 minutes, requiring an interchange at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
Noida will also get directly connected with the domestic terminals of the Indira Gandhi International Airport for the first time after the completion of the line. The journey from the Botanical Garden station to the domestic terminal will take about 40 minutes.
The new station building at Botanical Garden will be connected with the existing station with the help of a pathway that is 20 meters wide and 100 meters long. There will be platform to platform and concourse to concourse connectivity, a DMRC official said.
“To save time of passengers, we have provided them platform to platform connectivity. Passengers coming from Noida city centre can get down at Botanical garden and walk straight and take a train towards Kalkaji. They won’t have to get down and take any stairs,” the DMRC spokesperson said.
The construction work of the new station building is in its final stage, he added.