Indian Railways to make reaching New Delhi Railway Station a happy affair soon; here's how
Indian Railways has already written to North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Police to remove the encroachment nearby New Delhi Railway Station.
In a few months from now, you may have a smooth access to New Delhi Railway station from the Paharganj side as well as from the Ajmeri Gate side. Taking your vehicle or cab to the Paharganj side entry point of New Delhi Railway station is a hard ordeal. Illegal parking, unauthorised roadside shops and vendors encroach the area, barely leaving some space for vehicles to move. This has resulted in a permanent chaotic traffic situation in the area and not only railway passengers but also DTC and cluster buses always find themselves moving at a snail's pace on the stretch. However, come December 2018, this may change for good.
Indian Railways officials are in talks with the Delhi government to remove encroachment on the Paharganj side, said a senior railway official. He said the talks are in advance stage and the issue may get resolved soon. Railways has already written to North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Police to remove the encroachment.
"We have had meetings with Railway officials for de-cluttering of areas adjacent to New Delhi Railway Station and Old Delhi Railway Station. We have removed encroachment to a large extent. We are checking the area on regular basis to keep a check on the encroachment," said Yogendra Singh Mann, Director P&I, North MCD.
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New Delhi Railway Station has entry access from two sides - one from Paharganj side and other from Ajmeri Gate side. Though the vehicle operations from Ajmeri Gate side are way better than Paharganj side, a lot of work is needed there to make vehicle movement smooth.
Railways is building a skywalk on the Ajmeri Gate side that will connect the station with two metro lines. The work is expected to get completed by December this year. An adequate number of escalators besides stairs will be built for easier access to the skywalk.
The entry to the New Delhi railway station from Bhavbhuti Marg on Ajmeri Gate side is narrow. Railways will also build a straight road directly connecting Bhavbhuti Marg to the station.
The skywalk and the road will smoothen the congestion by eliminating traffic jam and cross movement of passengers from Metro station to the railway station.
New Delhi station caters to over four lakh passengers a day. The Ajmeri Gate side entry connects the station to Delhi Metro's Yellow Line and Airport line.