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DMRC to construct subway below **PANKHA ROAD** without hampering construction work of flyover above

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is going to construct an underground subway across the busy Pankha Road in West Delhi to connect its Dabri Mor Metro station on the upcoming Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden corridor with the localities on the other side of the road.

This subway will come up just before the Dabri Mor circle on the left side of Pankha Road moving towards Sagarpur, Delhi Cantonment etc. Thus entry to Dabri mor station will be from both sides of Pankha Road. The Dabri Mor Metro station will be constructed just adjacent to the Janakpuri C2D area on DDA land. The subway will then connect the station with localities such as Sitapuri, Dabri Mor Police Station, Sagarpur etc on the other side of Pankha Road.

This subway will be an architectural landmark as it will be built without hampering the construction of a flyover right above it at a depth of 9.77 mtrs from road level. It will also pass below the existing drain on Pankha Road and the Metro tunnel will come up below the subway at a depth of 17.05 mtrs from road level. An innovative technology known as ‘box pushing’ will be used to construct this subway. In the use of this technology, vertical excavation or large scale digging is not required.

The technology uses RCC boxes in segments that are cast and then pushed through below the road to create a tunnel. The traffic on the busy road also will not be hampered. Generally the construction of such subways involve large scale excavation which lead to problems such as diversion of road traffic. This technology, being used in this construction by Delhi Metro shall minimize public inconvenience.

Apart from Metro commuters, general people intending to cross the ever busy Pankha Road also will be able to use this subway as it will be in the unpaid area of the Metro station. The subway will be about 75 metres long with breadth of 7 metres and height of about 3.5 metres.

The Dabri Mor Metro station will cater to areas such as Sitapuri, Dabri, Sagarpur, Uttam Nagar, parts of Janakpuri etc. Approximately 20,000 commuters are expected to use this line once it is commissioned in 2016. The tenders for the station have been received and are being evaluated currently. This station, coming up on DDA land, has been built in a slightly curved manner to avoid any demolition of private or public properties.

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