The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s interchange station at Botanical Garden in Noida will have a common entry and exit for commuters, officials said. It will be in use with the commissioning of the Magenta Line from Kalkaji to Botanical Garden by June.
The current entry route will be used only for exiting the station and commuters will enter through the new building, for using either of the two metro lines.
Botanical Garden currently falls on the Blue Line from Noida City Centre to Dwarka in Delhi.
Botanical Garden Metro station will become the first and only interchange station in the national capital region outside Delhi. It will provide interchange between the existing Noida City Centre – Dwarka Sector 21 line and the upcoming Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden corridor.
The single entry and exit have been planned to ensure the station premises are congestion-free and the public is not inconvenienced. Commuters travelling towards Kalkaji or Dwarka will have to enter the newly constructed building of Magenta Line and those coming from Kalkaji or Dwarka side and getting off at Botanical Garden Metro station will exit from the existing Blue Line station.
Officials said they are in the last stage of connecting the two stations at concourse and platform levels, with the aid of a 20-metre wide and 100-metre long walkway. Passengers travelling from Noida City Centre can get down at Botanical Garden and walk straight to take a train towards Kalkaji.
“Keeping in view the rush at the existing station, we planned to have a single entry and exit. It will also save time of commuters. The station has a platform-to-platform connectivity and people won’t have to get down and take any staircase,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
Officials have installed as many as 11 automated fare collection (AFC) gates for entry and exit. The interchange will connect Noida with important locations of south Delhi such as Nehru Place, Kalkaji and Hauz Khas.
“A road is also being constructed near the entry gate of the existing station. It will give access to the new station from the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera Road. After a detour, commuters can also exit using the same route. It will ensure the road is congestion-free and no traffic snarls are reported,” the spokesperson said.