Friday, May 21, 2010

Delhi Metro Ready for Extra Rush During Opening and Closing Ceremonies of CWG

Jawaharlal Nehru (JN) Stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games, will be fed by two Metro stations JN Stadium and Jangpura on the opening and closing ceremonies. Metro officials said that both stations have been specially designed to handle the huge rush of spectators expected at the stadium on opening and closing ceremony.

Both the stations fall on the Badarpur Metro line that was added to Phase II of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) projected Metro network nearly one-and-a-half years after the rest of the lines were sanctioned. Officials argued that the two stations would provide better connectivity to venues like JN stadium and Dr Karni Singh shooting range.

The two Metro stations, which are located at a distance of about 890 meters, will cater to different entry/exits of the stadium. While the upcoming JN Metro station is located barely 100 meters away from the venue, the second station at Jangpura is around 500 meter farther on the eastern side.

With over 65,000 spectators expected for the opening and closing ceremonies on October 3 and 14, respectively, at JN stadium, more than half of whom are expected to take the Metro, the need was felt to link two stations to prevent crowding.

The main JN Metro station, which is expected to cater to more people due to its proximity to the stadium, has been planned keeping the Games in mind. Spread over an area of about 6,000 sq meters, the station will have 5 entries to make it easily accessible. Inside, the staircases are wider than usual they have a width of 4.25 meters as against the standard 2.4 meters. In addition, the platform and ticketing areas will be connected with four escalators.

This station has been designed to service about 4,000 passengers per minute and about 80,000 commuters per hour. The platforms are more spacious at 1,800 sq meters and the number of Automated Fare Collection (AFC) gates is 20 in comparison to 8 found at other Metro stations. ‘‘We have prepared a special plan for clearance of commuters during the opening and closing ceremony. The train frequency will be increased to ensure fast clearance at the platforms to avoid crowding,’’ said a DMRC official.

During the Games, DMRC will post volunteers at both the stations to guide passengers and LED signages will be put up for information display. There will be extra lighting inside the stations for improved visibility and meetings are being held with Delhi Police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to provide foolproof security at the stations as well as inside trains. A special control room will be established at JN stadium Metro station from where public announcements will be controlled.