Hyderabad: Nearly 1,200 people are working round-the-clock to get the Ameerpet interchange station, one of the largest metro stations in the country, ready for operations.
Spread over two lakh square feet, the significance of Ameerpet interchange station is that it facilitates effortless interchange of commuters across both corridors (Corridor 1-Miyapur to LB Nagar at the higher level, Corridor 3-Nagole to Shilparamam at the lower level).
Passengers wanting to travel beyond Ameerpet from Miyapur will have to alight at the interchange station and board another train heading towards Nagole. Every day, nearly 40,000 passengers are expected to use the station, which is equipped with open spaces, lifts, escalators and staircases. It can accommodate a minimum of 6,000 passengers at any point of time.
The integrated station has eight lifts, 16 escalators and sufficient number of staircases. The station is provisioned with entry and exits from all four sides while intermediate floors between the slabs have been created to accommodate technical services.
The concourse level will have all the technical rooms, automatic fare collection gates, ticketing rooms etc. The main area of the station is done up aesthetically with brown granite flooring. The concourse unpaid level will be used by pedestrians to cross over from one lane to another allowing uninterrupted traffic movement.
Entry into this level will not require a ticket. Convenience stores, ATM machines, offices for the technical staff and other amenities are provided on this level.
Highlights of the station:
– Unlike at other stations, where trains halt for minimum 20 seconds, they will halt for two minutes at the interchange station
– Passengers will have enough time to alight and board another train at another floor in the station
– The station is 142 m long and 40 m wide. This will have retail outlets, entertainment zones and convenience outlets
– Fully automated sumps of one lakh litre capacity each have been provided for domestic use as well as fire exigency
– Rain water harvesting pits are also located below the arms to take the surface runoff – Air conditioning with energy efficient system are made available
– Advanced building management system has been provided to monitor operations from single command control centre
– Emergency evacuation system for station, automated fire protection system with clean gas is provided at technical rooms