The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has not expanded infrastructure at the Huda City Centre Metro station despite the rapidly increasing footfall.
Parking lots are limited and commuters are often greeted with a “parking full” board before noon. Autorickshaws are parked haphazardly outside the station and drivers are seen browbeating commuters exiting the station. Vendors have also encroached upon the area around the station, adding to the chaos.
In the last five years, several hospitals, headquarters of corporate firms, five star hotels, an institutional area and two amusement parks have come up near the station in Sector 29. The station building also houses a shopping centre, which attracts a good number of visitors. The DMRC, however, has no expansion plans.
Commuters say there should be strict enforcement of rules to ensure that they are not hassled by auto drivers and vendors.
The station started with a parking space of 6,500 square metres, second only to Kanhaiyah Nagar Metro station (red line). The parking lot can accommodate 900 cars and 2,500 two-wheelers. This, however, is not enough.
“I work in New Delhi and board the metro from Huda City Centre. I reach Central Secretariat in an hour but, every morning, I struggle to find parking space at Huda station,” Sandeep Singh of Sector 45 said.
Asked about the metro parking lots, a DMRC official said, “Please check the website for details.” The DMRC website has information on parking space at 96 metro stations. However, Huda City Centre and Iffco Chowk stations are missing from the list.
Commuters, however, want the DMRC to set up a multi-level parking facility or let the state government find a solution to parking woes.
Commuters also pointed out that vendors overcrowd the footpaths and litter the area.
A Gurgaon police officer at the metro police station said the district administration had given time to these vendors to operate until they are allotted alternative space. “We have carried out several anti-encroachment drives but things have not changed much,” he said.