The detailed project report (DPR) for Gurugram metro was approved by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday mentioning June 2025 as the deadline for commissioning of the metro link.
According to a report published in TOI, Khattar has asked for expediting the project to 2024.
The project is expected to cost around Rs 5,126 crore, mentioned the official release from the government. It further stated that the metro link will start at Huda City Centre, pass via Subhash Chowk, Sector 10, Sector 23, and Udyog Vihar and finally connect with Cybercity.
According to a GMDA official, earlier the CM had proposed a spur from Basai to Dwarka Expressway and an extension from Sector 23 to Cybercity via Udyog Vihar, for which approval from the Central government is still awaited.
Interim consultants for the project will be appointed by September after which central government will approve the project by December 2019.
The official further added that the civil works for the project will commence in June next year and the metro will be commissioned by June 2025.
According to the officials, most of the land required for the project is already with the state government except around 0.8 acre in Sector 4, which belongs to private owners who will be rehabilitated for the project.
The metro project will be started in the category of Special Project Vehicle by the Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation Limited (HMRTC).
The authorities had done an internal analysis to assess the ridership over the coming years and found that it will touch 5.49 lakh passengers per day in 2025, rising further to 6.85 lakh passenger trips by 2031 and finally, 8.79 lakh passenger trips in 2041.
Meanwhile, the residents welcomed the news. “This is great news for the residents living on the other side of NH-8 in colonies like Palam Vihar and Udyog Vihar as they face great difficulty reaching the metro. Once this metro starts running, it will cut down travelling time by a great deal,” said Rashmi Aggarwal, a resident of Palam Vihar.
Another resident from Sector 66, Ashok Chawla, said, “Although they are not extending metro in our area, still it will improve connectivity for all Gurugram residents to other parts of the city. Currently people travelling to offices in Udyog Vihar either have to drive or take a cab, both of which are very expensive options.”