Delhi Metro’s Vishwavidyalaya Station will house a dedicated facility showcasing the growth and development of the metro in the country, as well as technical information on construction and day-to-day operations, according to a plan finalized by the Delhi Metro.
As part of the plan, a “National Rail Metro Knowledge Center” (NMRTC) will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 46 crore at the station on the basis of a public-private partnership, for which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) issued a call for tenders on August 19. The center will cover an area of 3,000 square meters.
While the DMRC operates a metro museum at Patel Chowk station, where it exhibits equipment and models attempting to document the Delhi metro journey of an 8 km network in 2002 at around 390 km through Delhi-NCR in 2021, the NMRTC will capture the growth of metro systems across India.
“The purpose of this structure is to disseminate knowledge about the construction of the metro, the operating facilities, the challenges, the latest developments, the history and the sharing of other experiences with other metros and the general public for promote the use of the metro system. The center will showcase the growth and development of Metro Railway in India and act as a knowledge hub on Metro technologies ”, according to the scope and objective of the project defined by the DMRC.
The two-storey center will also have a simulation room, arrangements for the audiovisual projection of films and documentaries, research work using books and other archival publications on the metro. In addition to the knowledge center, surface parking will be developed over an area of 2800 m², and a sprawling shopping area that will include a restaurant, bar, cafes, souvenir shops.
The Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station is located near the North Campus of the University of Delhi. It is located on the 49.3 km yellow line that runs between Samaypur Badli and Huda City Center stations in Gurugram.
Initially, DMRC planned to build the center on land near Vishwavidyalaya station. However, it was later decided to build it within the station complex itself as part of an integrated real estate development project.