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Delhi Metro to open skywalk connecting New Delhi Railway Station & metro stations

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New Delhi: The work on a dedicated skywalk being constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) in collaboration with Northern Railway for providing seamless connectivity between one of the busiest hubs of New Delhi Railway Station and metro stations on Yellow Line and Airport Express Line is almost over and is going to be thrown open to public soon. This newly constructed Skywalk is an extension of the foot-over-bridge (FOB) inside the Railway station. It connects the Ajmeri Gate side of the station with the New Delhi Metro stations of Yellow Line and Airport Line, including the multilevel parking side across Bhavbhuti Marg through multiple entries and exit points.

Apart from providing seamless connectivity, the skywalk will also help in streamlining the traffic flow on the Ajmeri Gate side of the railway station.

The completion work of the skywalk was thoroughly inspected on February 10 by DMRC's Managing Director Dr Mangu Singh in the presence of senior officials.

The skywalk has been provided with six escalators along with facilities such as CCTV surveillance cameras, toilets, ticketing counter, signage and a DMX controlled autonomous lighting system. The beautifully designed skywalk has an integrated escalator and stairs reminiscent of Jantar Mantar, comprising Agra Stone Cladding. The main bridge and arms branching to the entry/exits, escalators and underground line are approximately 242 metres in length.

The construction of this unique skywalk in a hub witnessing significant traffic was a major engineering challenge, including the disruptions posed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The structure had to be built above a functional underground Metro station just three metres below with major traffic movement on Bhavbhuti Marg. Also, the bridge had to be connected to two pre-existing building structures at the far ends ensuring minimum inconvenience to the people, infrastructure and other buildings nearby.

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