Metro foot overbridges to be open for all
The Faridabad metro corridor will see all its stations being connected by foot overbridges (FOB), a facility that will not only be restricted for use by the metro commuters alone but also be thrown open to the common public.
The foot overbridges will help people cross the highway safely.
The FOBs hence will help the common man cross the highway too. Sources said that there was a provision for construction of two FOBs at every metro station, with the DMRC ensuring that at least one such bridge is commissioned by the time Metro services are started in Faridabad.
“The FOBs will act as facilities to help connect two sides of the highway. The overbridges will not only help metro passengers but also the common citizens, who otherwise have to wait for a long time for traffic to stop before they can cross over,” said Raj Bhadana, a resident of Faridabad.
“The DMRC deserves appreciation for its foresight and vision. The foot overbridges at all the metro stations are going to prove helpful to the people here. These bridges will help save lives and bring down the number of accidents on the busy Mathura road,” said Munish Sharma, another resident.
Metro officials said, unlike railway stations, the FOBs will be open to all the Faridabad residents who can use it to cross the road, irrespective of whether or not they have a token.
“Here, the case is different. The people who do not want to board metro trains but just use the FOB for crossing the the highway, can do so easily. The paid area of the metro will be within the station, away from the FOBs,” said an official.
The civil and electric work on all nine metro stations on the Faridabad stretch is almost complete with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) now in the process of giving finishing touches. Some metro stations, like Old Faridabad, already have functioning escalators too.
The trial run of Faridabad metro corridor began last month with DMRC managing director Mangu Singh boarding a train from Badarpur to Old Faridabad station. The officials said that during the trial runs, the interaction of the metro train with physical infringements will be checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. “The entire signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing,” they said.
“The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the operations control centre are also being monitored during the trails”, the officials said.
The 13.875 km elevated Faridabad corridor has nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk, Escorts Mujesar. Two more stations NCB colony and Ballabgarh will be added in this line by 2017, the officials said, with work on the project already having started.
Delhi metro has come up with its first ever green electrical receiving sub- station for Faridabad metro too.
This eco-friendly electric substation has come up i n Faridabad’s Sector 46 area which will supply electricity to the 13.875km long BadarpurEscorts Mujesar elevated metro corridor.
“Delhi metro has 12 receiving sub-stations in different parts of the city, but the receiving sub-station in Faridabad is the only station with many ecofriendly features,” a DMRC official said.