Gurgaon Metro | DMRC study for Metro to old city, Faridabad

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Gurgaon: The Haryana government has asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to conduct a feasibility report for three routes on which it proposes to build new Metro lines – two from Huda City Centre to old Gurgaon and old Faridabad, respectively, and another from Narela in Delhi to Kundli in Sonipat district.

The feasibility study was ordered after a high-level meeting in Chandigarh chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The Haryana government has been dragging its feet on Metro connectivity in Gurgaon and other parts of NCR, and watched Uttar Pradesh race ahead with several lines either under construction or in advanced stages of planning in Noida and Greater Noida.

Khattar is keen to move quickly on these projects. But it’s still a long-drawn process as the feasibility report, which is likely to be completed by September, will be followed by a detailed project report (DPR) before the government finalises the logistics, funding and construction.

A senior government official told TOI, “The DMRC has been asked to let us know the feasibility of these three routes.” But another proposed Metro corridor, from Dwarka Sector 21 to IFFCO Chowk, was not discussed in the meeting, the official added. “That is a separate case and we have sought time from the chief minister to discuss the detailed project report that has already been prepared by DMRC. We want both DMRC and Rapid Metro representatives to be present so that both networks can be integrated to form the best route possible to connect Dwarka and Gurgaon,” the official said.

DMRC said the feasibility report will be prepared taking into account things such as population along the proposed route. “Once the feasibility report is prepared, the next step will be to prepare the DPR in which the station’s location, design, ridership, cost, utilities, electrical and several other components will be factored in. Then, after the DPR is approved by the state government, it will be sent to the ministry of urban development for approval,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

Gurgaon MP and Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh and MLAs in the district have been pressing hard to connect DMRC’s Yellow line or the Rapid Metro network with old Gurgaon. There are plans to start a new Rapid Metro line connecting old and new Gurgaon, but the state government has not yet approved this.
The Dwarka Sector 21-Iffco Chowk Metro line has been hanging fire for years. Last July, Khattar rejected the route suggested by DMRC in 2012 because he felt it would fail to attract commuters and the government would end up incurring heavy losses. He wants the route to be tweaked in such a way that large parts of the old city are included.

According to government estimates, the entire project will cost around Rs 5,000 crore. The cost of each kilometre is likely to be Rs 400 crore. Around Rs 1,500 crore is needed just to build the depot. Because of the huge costs involved, government officials said the state wants to reach a carefully delberated decision rather than a rushed one under pressure.

(Source: TOI)

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