Delhi Metro to run through mall

Delhi Metro line cutting through the centre of a state-of-the-art building complete with office space, shopping outlets with a roof-top cafeteria. And that too it being a `green’ building. Sounds too good to be true?

Soon, this will shape into reality as the last station of the Gurgaon Metro line at Huda City Center is going to be developed like this. The construction of the building, spanning across 30,000 square metres, has already begun and will be ready before the line gets operational in January next year.

The seven-storeyed station building will have a parking for over 1,000 cars in the basement, shopping area on the ground floor and half the first floor, which will also double up as the concourse for the Metro station. The second floor will house the platform for the elevated Metro line. Three floors over that will be let out for offices and about 429 sq metres of space on the roof top is being converted into a cafe, which will provide a scintillating view of the millennium city.

The building, which is being constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), is eco-friendly and the architectural and engineering details have been finalized in consultation with TATA Energy Research Institute. To make it a green building, it’s being constructed with 100% natural clay tiles which are high on thermal insulation. There is optimum use of natural light inside to minimise power consumption and the noise levels have been designed to conform to BIS levels.

There will be provision for recycling of waste water and rain water harvesting too. The building has been designed in a manner that there is optimum utilisation of climatic factors like wind loads, use of solar energy and air movement patterns to save energy. The new building is modelled on the lines of DMRC’s IT Parks in Shastri Park.

This is the first time a Metro station is being built in the middle of a building, which has a retail area and offices also housed in it. The idea is to utilize the land for property development, to add some extra money to DMRC’s coffers. And for those working or shopping in the space, they will have the convenience of a Metro station in the same premises.

The look of the building is “international”, in keeping with the character of new Gurgaon. The design is such that the running trains will be visible even from outside the building.

This is the last station of the Central Secretariat-Gurgaon line.