New Delhi: The Indian railways after its magical turnaround now seems to have focused it interest in having the best infrastructure and commuter amenities- so that they can be counted among the best. Very soon the New Delhi Railway Station will offer state-of-the-art terminal services as well as passenger amenities. The new construction is coming up on the Ajmeri Gate side of the station and when finished will resemble a modern shopping complex.
According to the Shri Prakash, general manager of the Northern Railway, the ajmeri gate side is the busiest, handling about 2/3rd of all the traffic coming to the station. He further said that the new architecture will not be an out of character building, the building has been designed in such a way that it blends well with the nearby architecture. “The pillars and arches of the new structures resemble those in Connaught Place,” he said.
The New Delhi Railway Station is India’s busiest station, handling about 275 trains and four lakh passengers daily. The new terminal building once finished by 2010 in time for commonwealth games, will cover approx. 6000 sq meters, have three floors and will offer facilities such as food plazas, shopping malls, cyber cafes, a VIP lounge, a salon, a beauty parlor, ATMs, an international tourist bureau, high-speed lifts and escalators and foreign exchange counters. Further the number of platforms has been increased from 12 to 16 to decongest the station.
The new terminal building will have many first to its credit, the most significant being the segregation of arriving and departing commuters. Further the new terminal will have 17 escalators and 15 lifts connecting all the three floors. The ground floor will have 20 ticket counters and arrival and departure lounges. The first floor will have departure halls for passengers with reserved tickets while the top floor will house retiring rooms and air-conditioned dormitories, tourists’ offices and offices of railway officials.
There will be a common counter for Metro and railway tickets at the Ajmeri Gate entrance as the station is being integrated with the Metro service.