Keeping the safety of pedestrians in mind, Delhi Metro has decided to construct pedestrian subways in seven of the Metro stations on the 27km long Janakpuri West–Kalindi Kunj corridor.
The corridor will be constructed as part of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s phase 3 in the next four years.
The seven stations include Munirka, RK Puram, IIT, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, GK Enclave and Nehru Place.
Pedestrian subways already exist in several Metro stations such as Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Laxmi Nagar, Jhandewalan, Civil Lines and Karol Bagh.
“These underpasses will be of great use to pedestrians to cross the road, especially senior citizens and women,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of DMRC.
“Major residential and commercial areas such as Munirka, RK Puram, Panchsheel, GK Enclave, CR Park, Nehru Place will benefit immensely. People will be able to cross the road to reach the bus stop or the market, without buying a Metro ticket,” he added.
The Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road are the two most pedestrian accident-prone roads in Delhi. In 2011, 122 pedestrians were run over by vehicles while they were crossing the road. Fatal accidents on Outer Ring Road were put at 42, said the traffic police.
The Delhi traffic police recently conducted a survey on these roads and found that inadequate pedestrian facilities on Ring Road and Outer Ring Road were one of the major reasons behind pedestrian deaths.
“This is wonderful initiative by Delhi Metro. Seven pedestrian facilities will definitely bring huge relief to pedestrians,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).