Delhi Metro's Chhattarpur station to become operational from Aug 26
The Chhattarpur Metro Station on the Delhi Metro's Central Secretariat – Gurgaon corridor will become operational for public use from tomorrow.
A press release from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), Mr R K Kardam, inspected the station today and gave the statutory clearances necessary for the commencement of commuter operations.
The Chhattarpur station could not be opened with the rest of the Qutab Minar-HUDA City Centre corridor in June as DMRC got the requisite land for the construction of the station only in October last year.
According to the release, DMRC engineers constructed the station in a record time of nine months by adopting a unique construction method where they used special pre-fabricated/structural steel to construct the station. The conventional construction technique of making stations by concrete would have taken at least two years which would have delayed the Metro line substantially.
The release said this was the only station on the entire Delhi Metro Rail System that has been fully constructed with steel as all other stations have been made using concrete and some steel elements. No Metro station in India has been built in such a short span of time ever so far. Jindal Mectec, the contractors, have used high strength steel (IS 2062 Grade B) for the construction. The procedure, however, cost an additional 30 to 50% expense to the Delhi Metro.
Another major highlight of the Chhattarpur Metro station is that it will have the largest parking area available in any Metro station of the Delhi Metro network - 12,000 square metres.
The station will be of great benefit to the thousands of devotees who visit the Chhattarpur temple every year as well as residents of nearby areas such as Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj.
Mr Kardam is planning to inspect the Central Secretariat – Qutab Minar Metro corridor on August 30 and 31. This 12.53 kilometre long corridor has nine underground stations which are Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jorbagh, INA, AIIMS, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Malviya Nagar and Saket.