To ensure pedestrians have more facilities to cross busy arterial roads, the public works department (PWD) has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to provide passage to pedestrians through the unpaid area in all stations in phase 3 and phase 4 expansions.
PWD officials said they had written to DMRC earlier this month and held a meeting with its officials. "The number of vehicles is growing at a steady pace and it gets difficult for pedestrians to cross the busy streets. Instead of constructing subways or pedestrian bridges every couple of kilometres, it is better if a passage is provided to them through Metro stations," said a senior PWD official.
The PWD official said they had asked the Delhi Metro to make such a provision at its upcoming stations along Ring Road and Outer Ring Road. Delhi Metro will construct about 230km Metro network in the next few years. Two of its longest lines being constructed under phase 3 -- Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar and Janakpuri to Botanical garden (Noida) -- are coming up along Ring Road and Outer Ring Road, respectively.
Delhi Metro officials said they were making conscious efforts to provide smooth passage to pedestrians through its stations wherever possible. "The stations built in phase 1 do not have this facility but all stations, whether elevated or underground, built in phase 2 provide passage to pedestrians," a DMRC spokesperson said.
While stations between Rajiv Chowk and Dwarka do not allow pedestrians to use the Metro stations to cross busy Patel Road or Najafgarh Road, all stations in Noida and Gurgaon can be used to cross the roads.
"In phase 3 and phase 4 also, we will make provisions for pedestrians to cross through the unpaid area," the spokesperson said.