The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) commissioned 10 additional escalators at nine metro stations including two new ones at the Kashmere Gate Metro station, taking the total tally at the station alone to a record 47 escalators. According to DMRC, the other metro stations where one additional escalator each have been commissioned today for passengers are Rithala station on Delhi Metro Red Line and Uttam Nagar (East), Nawada, Rajouri Graden, Shadipur, Yamuna Bank, Subhash Nagar, and R K Ashram Marg on the Delhi Metro Blue Line. (Also Read: Tunneling Drive For Delhi Metro’s Janakpuri West-R K Ashram Marg Corridor Started )
The Kashmere Gate state is the only multilayered triple interchange station of the Delhi Metro network that provides an interchange facility between Line-1 or Delhi Metro Red Line, Line–2 or Delhi Metro Yellow Line, and Line-6 or Delhi Metro Violet Line. With the addition of two more escalators, it has become the country’s only metro station having a record number of escalators facilitating convenient passenger movement between various levels.
According to DMRC, the Kashmere Gate station also has the second tallest escalators of the metro network with a height of 14.5 m, after the Janakpuri (West) station on Magenta Line which has the tallest escalator with a height of 15.6 m. Besides this, there are six parallel escalators for interchange between the Violet and Red Line and vice-versa, a rare engineering feat at a station area across the world’s metro systems. Delhi Metro is also in the process of installing 22 more escalators at major stations across the network including five more at Kashmere Gate, taking total number of escalators at this station to 52. (Also Read: Here’s How To Use National Common Mobility Card On Delhi Metro Airport Express Line )
The other stations are Dilshad Garden, Mansarovar Park, Shahdara, Seelampur, Netaji Subhash Place, Inderlok on the Delhi Metro Red Line, Model Town, Chhatarpur on the Delhi Metro Yellow Line, Rajouri Garden, Tagore Garden, Jhandewalan, Rajender Place, Laxmi Nagar, and Noida Sector-15 on the Delhi Metro Blue Line, as well as the Ashok Park Main station on the Delhi Metro Green Line.
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The installation and commissioning of these 22 escalators for passenger services are likely to be completed within the next five-six months. Further, Delhi Metro has also planned to install 32 more escalators at major stations such as Adarshnagar, Kirti Nagar, Noida Sec-16, Vaishali, Mundka, by March 2022.