The line connects commuters from Golf Course Road in Gurgaon to the existing Rapid Metro system and to the Delhi Metro network.
Rapid Metro Gurgaon on March 31 announced the commencement of commercial operations of its South Extension that connects commuters from Golf Course Road in Gurgaon to the existing Rapid Metro system and to the Delhi Metro network at the interchange station Sikanderpur.
Rapid Metro Gurgaon – South Extension will serve commuters from 6.05 am till 00.36 am (midnight). Seven fully automated trains with a frequency of one every four minutes during peak hours will be running between Sikanderpur and Sector 55-56 station. Enroute it will cover Phase 1 and Sector 54 Chowk stations initially. The remaining Sector 42-43 station and Sector 53-54 station, and the parking facilities are yet to be opened.
Rajiv Banga, managing director and chief executive officer, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (the company which operates Rapid Metro), said, “We are proud to announce the launch of commercial services of South Extension. The extension of Rapid Metro network is our endeavour to provide world class, safe and convenient mode of commute to the residents of the Millennium City. With increasing traffic and pollution levels, use of mass transit system is the need of the hour and with the commencement of Rapid Metro’s South Extension, our commuters can look forward to continued convenient services and better infrastructure.”
The entire loop of Rapid Metro Gurgaon with the commencement of South Extension is now 11.7 km in length, with 12 trains and 11 stations connecting 2 dense areas of Gurgaon-Cyber City and Golf Course Road.
Meanwhile, residents of Gurgaon appreciated development. Manish Jain, a resident of DLF Phase II, says, “Rapid Metro is a relief to residents living on Golf Course road and nearby areas. This will bring down the volume of traffic on Golf Course road”
Surinder Shivhare, a resident of DLF Phase I, says, “I purchased property in DLF Phase I in 2011 at a very high rate. In the mid of 2013, property rates started going down. With Rapid Metro beginning operations, I hope the recession will be over and property prices will increase. May be I will recover my losses”.
Sandeep Virmani, a resident of DLF Phase I and a real estate expert, says, “I think this will bring back the real estate boom in these areas. Property prices in Gurgaon are at an all time low. This will definitely bring a smile on the faces of realtors.”