From January, patients going to Apollo Hospital by Metro can just take an elevator from Jasola Vihar Metro station instead of risking their lives crossing the road.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation recently decided to fit an under-construction pedestrian bridge — to connect the Jasola Metro station with the hospital which is across the road — with a lift to help disabled and elderly persons, and also those going to the hospital.
According to the DMRC, this would be the first pedestrian bridge in the entire Metro network fitted to have an elevator. They said the bridge would be 60 metres long and 5.5-metre high (about as high as a two-storey building).
"The bridge is almost ready. But installing an elevator to it will take two more months, as a lift shaft has to be assembled," said Kumar Keshav, director (projects), DMRC.
Besides this, the DMRC also plans to construct two more pedestrian bridges at Sarita Vihar and Mohan Estate Metro stations on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor.
"Our planning department is working on these two projects. To install these pedestrian bridges, we will have to remove high-tension lines from the two sites. We are hoping to make the Sarita Vihar pedestrian bridge operational within six months," said Keshav. "We will not, however, build a foot over bridge at the Mohan Estate right away."
The pedestrian bridge at Sarita Vihar has been planned to help people living in Sarita Vihar residential colony, said a senior DMRC official.