[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla]
Most Delhiwallas have grown to think of Metro stations as places to push each other into rail coaches. The Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium station in central Delhi is different.
A cynic might mock it as a symbol of world-class Delhi. A diehard optimist might plug it as the perfect getaway from the pushy Delhiite. “Not many people come here,” says a guard. “It doesn’t see much crowd,” says the clerk at the token counter.
But the station has been designed to handle great crowds. As seen on a display board:
Extra-large staircases have been provided at all the five entry points for the smooth movement of the commuters. While the staircases at other stations are 2.4 metres wide, here the stairs are 4.25 metres wide.
The station has 20 Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates, instead of the usual eight. The concourse, or central area, is spread over 6,400 sq. ft—one of the largest in the Metro network. According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC), the station can handle 4,000 passengers a minute during peak time and a traffic flow of 80,000 per hour, with a platform area of 1,800 sq. m. There are nine escalators, five gates, and a toilet—a luxury missing in most stations.
But where’s the great crowd?
Click here to read the rest of this article originally published on The Delhi Walla in January 2012.