Express News Service
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday proposed to develop a regional rapid transit system along the Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar corridor to provide efficient and cost-effective transport to the people.
The proposed rapid transit system would act as a catalyst for economic activities along the route,he said while speaking at a conference on Smarter cities: Transforming India,City by City,organised by IBMs Smarter Cities Forum in Gurgaon.
Praising the states public-private partnership (PPP) model for urban development,he said: Haryana has shown the way in executing PPP projects in urban transport sector. Our intra-city monorail project (Rapid Metro) in Gurgaon is being developed primarily on the PPP mode.
He also described the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal corridor as unique initiative of his government.
The 158-km Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar corridor will be a dedicated suburban rail-based transit system more cost-effective than the Metro to connect these cities.
Special trains will be built for this corridor for fast,comfortable and smooth journey. The corridor would be linked to the Metro through buses and feeder systems.
The Chief Minister said the state has been facilitating construction of housing,commercial,industrial and institutional space,and,at the same time,creating and revamping civic facilities.
We have carefully studied the emerging trends and sought to anticipate the multi-dimensional challenges, he said.
Our towns,especially those near Delhi,are becoming more attractive for residential and professional purposes. We are also taking steps to improve transport and communication facilities between Delhi and our towns. Gurgaon is already connected via Delhi Metro and efforts are on to take Metro to Faridabad,Bahadurgarh,Sonepat and Panipat. These links will make the transportation between Delhi and Haryana much easier, Hooda said.
Listing the states progress in the education sector,he said: Rajiv Gandhi Education City is one of our most ambitious projects. IIM and a Central University,a Defence University,AIIMS-II,the National Institute of Design and a number of professional and technical institutions are being set up in the state.
We are also augmenting our healthcare infrastructure. Four new medical colleges are being opened. The private sector has set up a number of super-specialty hospitals, he said.
Not far away from where Hooda was speaking on Thursday,officials of the Rapid Metro lowered the China-built coaches on the tracks to set the momentum for trials runs from October 2.
Hooda will inaugurate the trial runs and also lay the foundation for the second phase of the 7-km Rapid Metro from Golf Course Road to Udyog Vihar.
Metro officials said half of the tracks were in place,while the rest would be ready before October 2.
However,delay in acquisition of land could put on hold construction of the station near Shanker Chowk. MD and CEO of IL&FS Rail Limited (IRL),Sanjiv Rai,said this wouldnt hamper trial runs,which would continue till December.
Rai said the second phase of the Rapid Metro would be built within 33 to 36 months with an estimated budget of Rs 2,100 crore. The Cabinet is expected to give its approval to the proposal in the next two weeks. If everything goes well,the financing part of the second phase will start soon, he said.
When completed,phases I and II will be approximately 20 km covering major residential and commercial areas of both new and old Gurgaon.