It gets better in Gurgaon
The brand-new Gurgaon-Qutab Minar Metro stations have many things that most of its counterparts in Delhi and other NCR lines do not enjoy, reports Sanjeev K. Ahuja.delhi Updated: Jun 23, 2010 02:04 IST
The brand-new Gurgaon-Qutab Minar Metro stations have many things that most of its counterparts in Delhi and other NCR lines do not enjoy.
All five stations on the Gurgaon stretch including Guru Dronacharya, Sikendarpur, M G Road, IFFCO Chowk and HUDA City Centre not only have double escalators for
entry as well as exit, these stations are equipped with automatic fare collection (AFC) machines.
The AFC machines will detect illegal tickets — if a passenger has spent more than two-hours within the Metro premises or crossed his/her destination station — and stop the passenger from leaving the stations without paying fine/extra charge.
These new stations have an invalid token recovery system in these AFC machines unlike the other 98-station network of DMRC in Delhi and NCR.
The chief project manager of DMRC’s Gurgaon line, Daljit Singh, said the Haryana government had requested the DMRC to install moving escalators for commuters at the exit gates as well.
“Each such escalator cost us Rs 80 lakh extra. We installed escalators at all five stations in Gurgaon. This costs us Rs 4 crore extra in total. This facility is not available in any Metro station elsewhere. Commuters exiting the station need not walk down the two floors to get to the ground floor,” he said.
A total of 25 lifts and 31 escalators have been installed in the nine Metro Stations on the corridor (excluding Chhattarpur Metro Station).
DMRC officials said all the eight stations (between HUDA City Centre and Sultanpur metro stations), including the five on Gurgaon stretch, have been fitted with smarter AFC Gates which were earlier used only on the Inderlok-Mundka line for the first time.
“The AFC system will be useful for passengers who carry invalid tokens as those would be returned through a token return cup before leaving a station. This feature is not available at other AFC gates,” he said.
A total of 67 AFC Gates (excluding Chhattarpur Metro Station) have been provided on this stretch (from Qutub Minar - HUDA City Centre) comprising 27 entry, 31 exit and nine (09) disabled friendly gates. The Qutub Minar Metro Station, however, will have the usual Thales AFC gates.
Singh said taking into view the high footfall at Metro stations, especially on MG Road with a number of malls on both sides, staircases leading to Metro stations had been widened to 7.5 metres as against 5 metres at other stations in Delhi.
Also, all the nine stations have Ticket Office Machines (TOMs) with touch screens
feature. Touch screen interface provides ease of operation for the TOM operator, thus improving passenger handling. For passengers this means faster issuing of tickets and shorter waiting time.
Metro line for Ballabhgarh and Faridabad: Hooda
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said Faridabad and Ballabhgarh will also be put on Delhi Metro rail map after Gurgaon.
“We plan to set up the Metro Corporation. The state government also has a plan to extend Metro up to Manesar,” Hooda told reporters here.
He said Faridabad and Ballabhgarh would be connected to Delhi through
Metro rail and the state government has got a clearance for the same.
(With agency inputs)