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‘Halt’ in Delhi Metro soon: None embarks, alights at this station

Unlike how halts of the Railways function, passengers will be able to interchange between the Green and Pink Lines of Delhi Metro at the Punjabi Bagh halt

Along the lines of shuttle services in the Railways, Delhi Metro is coming up with the concept of a “halting station” or halt where no passenger gets into the train or alights from it. Other than yards of railway stations where shuttling (adding coaches of one train to another) takes place, the Railways have halts without platforms where a long-distance train stops for a while so that coaches of passengers for a different destination may be removed and added to the train moving in that direction.

The DMRC is now taking various steps to increase the number of passengers on metro lines where the passenger footfall is less than what is commercially viable to sustain the line.

Plans are afoot to connect different lines of the Metro without creating interchange stations. This will further increase the number of passengers in the metro and the system. This is apart from purchasing new buses to increase the last-mile connectivity,

For this purpose, the DMRC is going to build the first and unique halt in the Metro network near Punjabi Bagh. The special thing about this ‘station’ will be that passengers will not be able to move in and out of the coaches here. However, unlike the way halts of the Indian Railways function, passengers will be able to interchange between the Green and Pink Lines of the Metro.

A tender will be floated soon, seeking contractors for the construction of the first halt of Delhi Metro.

According to information from DMRC sources, the new Pink Line created between Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar in Phase III of the Metro passes through the Green Line between Punjabi Bagh and Shivaji Park. The Metro runs on the Green Line between Inderlok and Kirti Nagar to Ballabhgarh in Haryana.

The passengers on the Green Line have been scant since its inception and the Pink Line is receiving fewer passengers than expected, too. In such a situation, to increase the utility of these two lines, DMRC is now going to implement the concept of a halt in the Metro network for the first time.

The biggest advantage of this will be that DMRC will not have to arrange all the facilities at this station like other interchange stations, but this station will be used only for line changes. The construction will not cost much but passengers will get more convenience.

According to the information received, the platform of the halt will be connected to the two lines for movement through a foot overbridge by constructing a halting station. the DMRC has fixed a site for this. The construction work of the halt will start when the tendering process is over.

Although the Green Line of the Metro connects to the Red Line at Inderlok and the Blue Line at Kirti Nagar, no new line in Phase III connected to this line directly. Now, with the halt, the Green Line will be able to connect to the new Pink Line of the Metro. This will help people travelling within Delhi as well as those going to Haryana or coming back to Delhi from that state.

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