Trials on ITO Corridor to commence shortly; Station likely to open early 2015: DMRC

नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Trials on the ITO corridor of the Delhi Metro network will start from this month and is likely to open early next year, according to a spokesperson for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Questions are being raised from all corners regarding slow progress of work on Phase III of the Delhi Metro network. But ITO metro station that is one of the  most anticipated metro stations is likely to make its opening in 2015.

”Trials are going to start on the ITO corridor from this month. After the trial runs, a request for inspection will be sent to the concerned authorities” said a spokesperson for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,

Besides the commissioning of the ITO Metro station, the opening of the extension of the Gurgaon line to Faridabad till Badli is also on the cards for the first part of 2015.

However, before the official opening, a nod from the commissioner of Metro rail safety (CMRS) is required. Adding to the Delhi Metro’s uncertainty on the line is the fact that the ITO Metro station is not equipped for train reversals.

”The trial runs will continue for at least one-and-a-half-months if not more,” the Delhi Metro official said. “Getting a safety clearance from the commissioner of CMRS is a must. It shall come provided the trial runs are successful. Immediately after that the line will be open to the commuters,” the official added.

ITO Metro Railway station set to be one of Busiest with highest ridership on DMRC Network. Six entry and exit points to cut gridlock at ITO

One of Delhis busiest crossings,the ITO,is set for a major makeover that will change the contours of a perpetually clogged intersection.And it will be a Metro station that will be the trigger for change.With Delhi Metro extending the Central Secretariat corridor to Kashmere Gate via Mandi House, construction of the station at ITO will begin from April.Its tipped to be one of the busiest stations with several government offices,including the police headquarters,UGC and Delhis Fleet Street,in the vicinity.DMRC is already pegging the ridership at 40,000.

ITO Metro Station2With six entry and exit points,the station will be unusual in many ways,say Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials.Director (projects),Kumar Keshav,said,The stations design has been specifically tailored to cater to a large catchment area,which includes scores of offices.

To feed the station,DMRC will also be building two subways in the area one on Indraprastha Marg and the other on Deen Dyal Upadhyay Marg.The existing subway on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg will also link the station.Delhi Metro officials claim the six entry-exit points were designed to reduce the gridlock at the junction.

The tender is expected to be awarded in February,with construction,including traffic diversions, scheduled to begin in April. But before digging and excavation work begins,utility diversions will be implemented.Also,monitoring of buildings and utility lines will be undertaken.This will continue through the construction period and months after, said a DMRC official.The monitoring will be done by the contractor.However,with alignment for the CTST-Kashmere Gate corridor going under the road at this junction,impact on buildings is expected to be minimal,said officials.

The station,which will be built using the cutand-cover technology,will be 250m long.It will straddle the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,16 metres under and 20metre wide.The subways will be considerably longer than the norm.

Each subway will be 110 m long and will have four entry-exit points Police HQ,Institute of Engineers,Andhra School and the beginning of Rouse Avenue.

And the moment you come out of the subways,you will touch a bus stop and important crossings.This encourage more people to use the Metro, said the Delhi Metro official.

The station box itself will first start with the diaphragm wall being cast using hydraulic rigs,with walls to protect the excavated face and also act as permanent part of the station structure.Once the walls are in place,the structure is built from the top downwards, said the official.Construction of the staircase well and other ancillary structures will be done simultaneously.Meanwhile,the shafts to lower the tunnel boring machine will be built at two ends Mandi House and ITO, which will construct the actual alignment.

The underground station will be structured much like the existing Jawaharlal Nehru or Khan Market station,with its individualistic canopy.The island platform at the ITO station will help manage large crowds,as it avoids over-crowding.