Delhi Metro to set up elevated depot facilities due to space constraints

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today said that two of its new depots, being built to meet the requirements of the corridors coming up as part of Phase 3 of its network, would have many of their major components constructed on elevated decks for better space management.

A Metro train depot generally requires approximately 2.5 lakh square metres space for the setting up of stabling lines, inspection bays, workshops, washing plants and so on.

For both the new depots at Vinod Nagar and Kalindi Kunj, the space available was limited and inadequate. Therefore, a decision was taken to construct their vital components on elevated decks for better utilisation of the space, a press release from DMRC said.

For the Kalindi Kunj depot, a 1.3 kilometre long and 30-40 mtr wide deck for stabling lines is being constructed at Jasola Vihar near Kalindi Kunj on an elevated deck about 13 to 14 mtrs from the ground, where the trains operating on this section would be stabled.

In the main depot area at Kalindi Kunj, the automatic washing plant, for the cleaning of the trains, would also be set up at on an elevated deck for effective space management. A similar facility had earlier been set up at the Sultanpur depot in Phase 2 due to space constraints.

This facility will be able to accommodate 27 trains and the InspectionBay would be able to hold six to eight trains at a time. In addition, another elevated deck for stabling additional trains in the future is also being planned.

The depot at Vinod Nagar for the Majlish Park – Shiv Vihar corridor, has a drain and a road in between the allotted area and the site is fragmented into two parts. One side of the site is at the ground level and can accommodate 11 stabling lines without any roofing.

The other side of the side comprises a double deck structure to cater to 20 stabling lines. Out of the 20 lines, nine lines will be at ground level and 11 lines would be on the deck. In addition, four lines will be for the Inspection bay and two lines will be dedicated to the workshop.

Both the depots will have control centres, effluent treatment plants, sewage treatment plants and other facilities. The construction work for both the depots has been started.

Delhi Metro is constructing six new depots at Kalindi Kunj, Mukundpur, Vinod Nagar Badli, Ghaziabad and Faridabad, in the present phase of construction to meet the requirements of the new trains which are under procurement.

Presently, DMRC has eight depots for its existing corridors at Shastri Park, Khyber Pass, Najafgarh (Phase 1), Yamuna Bank, Mundka, Sarita Vihar, Sultanpur and Dwarka Sector 21 (Phase 2).