IGI Metro to touch Gurgaon at IFFCO Chowk

A high-speed Metro line connecting the IGI Airport to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon has been proposed as the most suitable link by the Delhi Metro in its final detailed project report that is slated to be submitted to the Haryana government on Friday. Since the line is suggested to be an extension of the existing Airport Metro Express Line, DMRC has proposed that Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire operating the line, be roped in for the extension.

Delhi Metro had written to Reliance Infrastructure earlier this week, asking if they would be interested in operating this line too, to which the concessionaire has now formally expressed interest, sources in DMRC said.

Director (Works) at DMRC Mangu Singh confirmed that Reliance Infrastructure has expressed interest in the project and that the concessionaire will be named as the first choice to operate the line. "While this will be mentioned in the detailed project report, it is finally up to the Haryana government to decide. The final DPR will be submitted in a day or two," Singh told Newsline.

Since the corridor is proposed for implementation on the lines of the Airport Metro, the civil construction is most likely to be carried out by DMRC or by the Haryana government while the operations and maintenance are proposed to be given out to the concessionaire for a stipulated concession period.

The DPR proposes a 10-km direct link from Dwarka Sector-21 to IFFCO Chowk with two stops in between. While the entire corridor will be elevated, about 1.5 km of the corridor will be underground, as it runs out of the existing Dwarka Sector-21 station of the Airport Express line. The corridor is proposed to have stations at Palam Vihar and Maruti Udyog before it terminates at IFFCO Chowk, where it will be integrated with an existing Metro station for seamless travel. Officials said Palam Vihar, with a significant residential population, and Maruti Udyog being an important industrial centre, were considered as suitable stops. Provision for yet another stop on the route will be made, which can be developed later if needed.

The line is expected to reduce travel time for commuters from Gurgaon to Delhi approximately 30 minutes to reach Shivaji Stadium. Regular commuters from Gurgaon can also interchange at Dwarka Sector 21 and take connecting Metros to other parts of the city.

Sources said the traffic surveys revealed the need for a high-speed link on this route and showed that a significant part of the road traffic from Gurgaon to Delhi will be taken off if this corridor comes up. The survey, however, does not determine whether most of the traffic on this line will be airport-bound or general commuters travelling between Gurgaon and Delhi.

Earlier, Delhi Metro was also looking at HUDA City Center as another option for the terminating point, but according to the traffic and other feasibility studies IFFCO Chowk came up as a more suitable option.

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