Gurgaons Rapid Metro and the Delhi Metro are planning a link to enable commuters of both facilities to switch between the two with ease. The meeting point for the two has been shortlisted as the Sikanderpur Metro station,where the DMRC line (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Center) will be integrated with the upcoming 5-km-long Rapid Metro line,which connects several residential and commercial areas in Gurgaon.
The project is expected to complete by early 2013.
According to officials,Rapid Metro is on standard gauge,and,therefore,it cannot be linked directly to the Delhi Metro,which runs on a broad gauge. The new station of the internal Gurgaon Metro at Sikanderpur is being connected with a sky-bridge,to connect the two lines directly.
The 900-metre-long and 9-metre-wide sky-bridge will be a direct connect between the paid areas of both the Metro lines. To enable smooth interchange of passengers,both lines will have common ticketing and commuters interchanging at this station need not buy separate tokens for travel.
The Rapid Metro will run in the form of a loop starting 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.
Officials estimate that around 10,000 passengers will interchange every hour between the two lines,during the peak-hour slot. Around 2 lakh commuters are expected to use the station for interchange daily.
Officials said the connectivity will help a large number of shoppers,office-goers and residents in DLF phases II and III.
The frequency of trains on the Rapid Metro will also be synchronised with Delhi Metro to facilitate easy and quick commuting for passengers. The internal Metro link will act as a feeder to Delhi Metros Gurgaon corridor connecting the Capital, said Sarvesh Tiwari,spokesperson for Rapid Metro.
The construction of Rapid Metro project started in July 2010,and almost 40 per cent of the civil work has been completed. The rolling stock for the project will reach the site in May 2012,and the testing and commissioning will start by May 2012. The commercial operations are slated to start by the first quarter of 2013, Tiwari said.
Haryana government officials said the detailed project report to extend the internal link from Sikanderpur to Gurgaon Sector-56 has already been prepared,and tenders for the project are likely to be floated in six months time. The 7-km extension will have six stations.
Yet another extension of the internal Metro link is being planned from NH-8 to Old Jaipur Road,with a station at Maruti Udyog,where the line will again be integrated with an upcoming high-speed corridor from IFFCO Chowk to Dwarka Sector-21.