Gurgaon to have internal Metro service, line to Delhi by 2012

Guragaon is set to get two sets of metro rail services by 2012 to connect the satellite city with the Capital and another in-house Metro service connecting DLF's residential areas and malls in the city.

While the Delhi Metro plans to start operations on the Qutab Minar-Gurgaon corridor by March next year, a consortium of IL&FS and DLF is awaiting the Urban Development Ministry's final nod to go ahead with the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon project.

The internal Metro service by the consortium, a completely privately funded transport venture, was approved by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in July and is now awaiting the final nod by the Urban Development Ministry.

The 5-km Metro stretch is to be integrated with the Delhi Metro at Sikanderpur Metro station and might have a common ticketing system compatible with the Delhi Metro. The frequency of trains on the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon will also be synchronised with Delhi Metro to facilitate easy and quick commuting for passengers.

"The route planned will connect the two Metro rail services and will act as a feeder for the Delhi Metro's Central Secretariat to Gurgaon Line. Delhi Metro's Sikanderpur Metro station will be connected through a 90-metre long and 9-m wide bridge to link it with the internal Metro rail service," said Sanjiv Rai, Managing Director, Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon.

The internal Metro rail will run in the form of a loop starting out from Sikanderpur leading to DLF Phase II from where it will branch out and cover four other stations DLF Phase III, the proposed site for Mall of India, Gateway Towers and Belvedere Park. The Metro rail system will, however, be on standard gauge and therefore cannot be directly linked to the Delhi Metro, which runs on a broad gauge.

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