GURUGRAM (Metro Rail News): A feeder bus network has been planned to improve connectivity in areas near the proposed metro stations in the city. A total of 49 buses will be brought in by 2025 when the metro project is likely to be ready. A copy of the detailed project report (DPR) for the metro corridor, which will start from Huda City Centre, says that the feeder buses would be “ultra-modern and customer-oriented”, they will be fast, comfortable and cost-effective.
The air-conditioned vehicles will have low floors so that they are easy to board, attractive and eco-friendly. Each bus will have a capacity of 35 passengers. In terms of non-motorised transport, a public bike-sharing system shall also be rolled out and the two-wheelers can be used within a 2km-radius of a particular metro station. The services will be free for those using the metro.
Additionally, the DPR also mentions pedestrian facilities, like continuous footpath that is 2m wide, zebra crossing at intersections. The report also mentions the relocation of encroachments. A plan for laying down cycle tracks around metro stations shall also be drawn up depending on availability of the land. The report states that the proposed metro rail system should be user friendly and ensure proper access for differently-abled people, those travelling with small children and those with luggage. It should work for people who have temporary mobility problems and the elderly.
The proposed metro route was approved by the state government in May this year. The proposal will now be sent to the Centre.