Drop-Off Facility, Parking For Feeder Buses In Pilot Project
New Delhi: If youve been fuming about the traffic chaos near the Metro stations hordes of Gramin Sewa vehicles, autos, rickshaws and buses blocking the road theres finally some relief.
The Delhi Metro has been asked to look into integrating the metro station with surrounding public transport for better street connectivity. A pilot project has been undertaken to come up with the best solution for the integration at the Chattarpur Metro station.
At a recent meeting with the L-G, a policy decision was taken that henceforth, all new upcoming station areas will incorporate the components of multi-modal integration guidelines for a safe and comfortable access to all public transport users, a senior Delhi government official said.
Meanwhile,existing stations will be retrofitted by the Delhi Metro in conjunction with the concerned agency and the unified traffic & transportation infrastructure (planning and engineering ) center (UTTIPEC).
The integration,which will be based on the transit oriented design (TOD) guidelines set by UTTIPEC,will ensure that metro stations provide drop-off facilities,parking areas for feeder, para-transit modes as well as suitable environment with facilities for pedestrians. The stations will have clearly demarcated drop off,pick up and free U-turns to enable seamless movement, said an official.
The area near the metro station,around 1500m,will be developed to create the first and last mile connectivity so that people are encouraged to use non-motorized modes. The idea is that every day transfers are made easy and sustainable for the commuter and the pedestrian, said Ashok Bhattacharya,director,UTTIPEC. The pilot project at Chattarpur for which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is conducting a three-month study will develop the seven kilometer stretch from Chattarpur to Arjangarh, including Sultanpur and Ghitorni stations. It will prioritize the area around the station firstly for non-motorized modes and public transport dropoffs, then para-transit and lastly for private vehicles,said officials.
Mangu Singh, managing director of DMRC said, As desired by the MoUD,the Delhi Metro is getting the study conducted to provide the conceptual design for stage I . Accordingly, the DMRC has fixed up a specialized agency for this study. The elected agency has been given three months to complete and submit their work.
According to government officials, existing stations will be retrofitted. The Delhi Metro has already completed a project in Vaishali metro station where it had designated areas for bus bays,para-transit parking as well as a bay for non-motorized vehicle like the rickshaw.
The retrofitting projects will be taken up on a definite timeline,added the official.DMRC officials said that stations in Phase III of the Delhi Metro network were also being designed with multiple subways in the layout.This is to ensure safer and better connectivity for pedestrians, added the official.
NEW TRANSIT DESIGN
Delhi Metro to develop 7-km stretch from Chattarpur station to Arjangarh as part of its transit-oriented design
Scope of study confined to 1,500m catchment from the stations that include Chattarpur, Sultanpur, Ghitorni and Arjangarh
Part of a policy decision to
integrate stations, existing and upcoming,with the surrounding transport options
Idea is to make public transport the preferred mode of transport by making it easily accessible, efficient, reliable and safe for maximum number of people
Multi-modal planning will provide a high-density mix of housing,employment and recreation options within walking-cycling distance of each other and of mass rapid transit system
Will also save public money through reduction of investments in physical infrastructure like additional roads, piping and cabling costs
KEY DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Efficient public and para transport system supporting MRTS
Pedestrian,cycle and cycle rickshaw-friendly environment
Bus bays,autorickshaw and rickshaw stands
Multimodal interchange and
Mixed land use and appropriate use intensified
Promote high-density mixed income development Source>>>