The work on a dedicated skywalk, being constructed by DMRC in collaboration with Northern Railway, for providing seamless connectivity between one of the busiest hubs of New Delhi Railway station and Metro stations of New Delhi on Yellow Line and Airport Express Line is almost over and is going to be thrown open for public soon.
This newly constructed skywalk is an extension of the foot over bridge (FOB) inside the Railway station and connects the Ajmeri Gate side of the station with the New Delhi Metro stations of Yellow Line and Airport Line including the multilevel parking side across Bhavbhuti Marg through multiple entries and exit points.
The completion work of the skywalk was thoroughly inspected by Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in the presence of senior officials on February 10, 2022. Apart from providing seamless connectivity, the skywalk will also help in streamlining the traffic flow on the Ajmeri Gate side of the railway station.
The Skywalk includes six escalators along with facilities such as CCTV surveillance cameras, toilets, ticketing counter, signage and a DMX controlled autonomous lighting system. The skywalk integrates an escalator & stairs reminiscent of Jantar Mantar comprising Agra Stone Cladding. The main bridge and arms branching to the entry/exits, escalators and underground line are approximately 242 metres in length.
According to DMRC, the construction of this unique skywalk in a hub witnessing significant traffic was a major engineering challenge including the disruptions posed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The structure had to be built above a functional underground Metro station just 3 metres below with major traffic movement on Bhavbhuti Marg. Also, the bridge had to be connected to two pre-existing building structures at the far ends ensuring minimum inconvenience to the people, infrastructure and other buildings nearby.