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Phase 3 Metro stations to have bus stops in 50-metre radius

The idea of seamless integration of public transport has taken a small step closer to reality. Each of the upcoming Metro stations in Phase III will have a bus stop hardly 50m away from the station gates. Subhendu Ray reports.

delhi Updated: May 21, 2013 01:06 IST
Subhendu Ray

The idea of seamless integration of public transport has taken a small step closer to reality. Each of the upcoming stations in Phase III will have a bus stop hardly 50m away from the station gates.

“This arrangement of seamless integration of Metro and bus will help commuters to easily shift from one mode of public transport to another,” said a spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

This measure has been taken as per the guidelines set by the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC), said the spokesperson.

UTTIPEC, in consultation with DMRC, had advised shifting and building bus stops near Metro stations to provide easy and immediate access to both modes of public transport.

“The seamless integration of these transport modes will help in creating a robust public transport system in the Capital,” said Ashok Bhattacharjee, director, UTTIPEC.

According to sources, in phase 1 and 2, Delhi Metro had primarily catered to the urban commuters and had made elaborate arrangements to provide parking facilities for private vehicles at the stations.

In the current phase, the Metro is expanding to the suburbs and rural belts. So a seamless integration between two modes of public transport has become the need of the hour.

During phase 3, many stations will be built on the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road, where thousands of commuters travel by buses to almost every part of the city.

Some of the existing important Metro stations are integrated with bus stands.

The Metro stations include Kashmere Gate, which is interconnected with an inter-state bus stand (ISBT), and the Anand Vihar station. Stations such as Central Secretariat and Lakshmi Nagar also have bus stops nearby.