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Skywalks to link stations with offices

india Updated: May 05, 2011 00:31 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Sanjeev K Ahuja

On lines of the Mumbai Skywalks, the firm constructing the Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon (RMG) plans to provide office-goers in DLF City easy access to the new Metro stations.

According to the proposal, skyways or skywalks between office buildings and four Metro stations will help executives escape traffic jams and save on travelling time.

The RMG stations, however, would not have parking lots as is available in the existing Delhi Metro stations.

The 6.1-kilometre route starting and terminating at Sikanderpur Metro station would have six stations. As the alignment primarily caters to corporate citizens working in DLF Cybercity, four Metro stations are located near major office complexes.

Though the traffic flow inside DLF Cybercity, where about 60,000 people work, has been made one-way, the road meandering through this IT hub remains busy with vehicles coming from Gurgaon Expressway.

“Since a majority of the office buildings belong to the developer, DLF, that is a partner in the RMG project, we have decided to connect platforms of four Metro stations with the office buildings through skyways. With this, executives would be able to walk down to the Metro station and give the traffic a miss,” said an official of RMG Limited, the promoter company.

Two hi-rise residential towers Belvedere Park and Belvedere Towers and Block X of DLF City (Phase 3) also fall along the inter-city Metro route.

However, there are no immediate plans to connect these areas with the stations.

According to an estimate, about 28,000 cars are parked in DLF Cybercity on a daily basis and it is hoped to reduce the number with the introduction of the RMG service.