The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday installed 10 additional automatic fare collection (AFC) exit gates at the Huda City Centre Metro station.
The station is one of the most widely used stations in Gurgaon and is also the terminating point of the Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre (yellow) line. Four of these 10 have been installed on the first floor of the station and six on the ground floor. The gates on the first floor lead to an escalator connected to the metro station’s compound. The total number of AFC exit gates at the metro station is 18 now.
The station sees an average footfall of 50,000 passengers per day and is especially clogged during morning and evening peak hours.
Earlier, it only had eight gates and passengers had to wait in long queues to leave the station.
“This is a relief for daily commuters. Installing more AFC exit gates was much needed as we had to wait for a long time to get out of the station. This will definitely ease the process, especially during peak hours,” said Prerna Srivastava, a daily commuter.
Echoing the sentiment, Sonakshi, another daily commuter, said, “This is a very good step taken by the Delhi Metro. These new exit gates will allow people to get out of the metro station swiftly and will also reduce the clogging at the present exit gates. It is generally very difficult to move out of this metro station. This will definitely improve the situation.”
“The installation of new AFC gates has been done especially at this metro station to smoothen the passenger flow here. The gates will allow them to exit quickly and not form long queues. Four of the gates have been installed on the first floor, providing passengers an exit option close to the platforms,” said a DMRC official.
The issue of increasing footfall and crowding at metro stations is not only limited to the Huda City Centre Metro station. Considering this, the DMRC had in June this year announced that over 210 new AFC gates will be installed in several metro stations across the national capital region (NCR) to resolve issues related to overcrowding at metro stations. Out of these 210, a maximum of 20 were to be installed at Huda City Centre station.
Recently, this station also became the first-ever with solar panels in its parking lot. The solar panels will be generating over 100 KWp power. The step was taken to utilise the vacant space at the metro station.