New Delhi: A massive renovation exercise was started by DMRC from July 2019 onwards for 21 of its stations between Dilshad Garden and Rithala section of Red Line which are amongst the oldest in the Metro network opened under its Phase-I/II. The exercise was aimed at giving them an enhanced aesthetic look and up-gradation of various infrastructure to keep pace with the changing times and ensuring an enhanced commuting experience to its customers.
The massive renovation activities which are now completed on 12 of the 21 stations included finishing/replacement of exterior façade with contemporary easy to maintain material, relaying dilapidated granite flooring at concourse and ground level, retroplating (chemical polishing) of platforms, internal and external painting of stations, relaying and rerouting of the old drainage system which was causing leakages including desilting/cleaning of circulating area drainage network to the renovation of escalators or installation of new escalators and replacement of analogue CCTV cameras with the digital version for enhanced clarity.
Major stations where the renovation work is almost complete are Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil, Mansarovar Park, Shahdara, Welcome, Shastri Park etc. The work at the remaining Metro stations will also be completed by May 2021.
To take stock of these massive renovation activities, DMRC's Managing Director Dr Mangu Singh inspected the various metro stations on this section on the intervening night of March 6 & 7. He was accompanied by Director (Operations) AK Garg and other senior officials of DMRC during the inspection.
"DMRC has always been on the forefront of keeping its premises and services in best of the shape to serve as a world class metro system for its millions of users. This exercise has been accomplished in a record time despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, leading to even temporary halt of all the activities in 2020. Similar exercises will also be carried out on other Lines in a gradual manner to keep the system and its services as a world-class urban mass transport facility," said an official press release.
The Red Line was the first Delhi Metro line which became operational in 2002 with the opening of the 8.4 KM long Shahdara to Tis Hazari section comprising six stations.
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