There is good news for pedestrians using the busy Ring Road near South Extension.
The Delhi Metro plans to build two pedestrian subways on the killer stretch between Kotla and AIIMS in the next three years during the construction of its station at South Extension under phase 3.
The subways will provide better connectivity between the two major markets of South Extension — part I and II. Currently, there is only one subway at South Extension.
During phase 3, the Metro will also build pedestrian facilities at ITO, Hauz Khas and Chirag Dilli."We plan to construct these facilities depending on land availability. These two pedestrian subways will be the first two such facilities to be built by the Delhi Metro on the Ring Road for Metro commuters as well as general pedestrians," said a Metro official.
These subways will have escalators on both the sides.
“These subways, which will be part of the entry/exit section of the South Extension Metro Station, will be well lit. They will also be armed with security personnel so that people can use them even during late hours,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
South Extension is one of Delhi’s markets which is frequented by thousands of shoppers every day. As the shops are spread across both sides of the Ring Road, people often have to cross the busy road to go from one part of the market to another.
There are residential areas on both sides of the market as well.
Last year, this arterial road registered the highest number of pedestrian deaths at 76. According to the Delhi Traffic Police, people are highly vulnerable to accidents on the Ring Road due to lack of pedestrian facilities.