November 14, 2013 2:30:55 am
The privately run Rapid Metro rail service in Gurgaon will open to public on Thursday. It received a green signal from the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) on November 11.
Announcing the launch of commercial operations on Wednesday,Sanjiv Rai,MD and CEO,IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited),said,The aim of building the Metro network was not only to provide easy access to inter-city commuters but also residents of the city. First phase of the project has been constructed at a cost of about Rs 1,088 crore.
Rapid Metro Gurgaon line will be open to commuters from 6.05 am to 12.20 am. Five fully automated three-coach trains with a frequency of 4 minutes will be running between the six stations Sikanderpur,DLF Phase 2,Belvedere Towers,Cyber City,Moulsari Avenue,Gateway Tower and DLF Phase 3.
First phase of the Rapid Metro will have five three-coach trains with 12 drivers,with a capacity to carry 800 passengers each.
Rapid Metro is connected with the Delhi Metro via a 90-m long skywalk. In a way,it will be connected to 140 stations of the Delhi Metro through the Sikanderpur station, Rai said.
It will have a common ticketing system with the Delhi Metro. Tokens and smart cards purchased on the Delhi Metro can be used on the Rapid Metro system as well. Rapid Metro commuters will be charged a flat fare Rs 12.
The fare collection system of Rapid Metro (Gurgaon) has been integrated with that of Delhi Metro for the convenience of the travelling public, DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
The travel time for the 5.1-km loop will be 13-15 minutes.
The expected footfall for the Rapid Metro in the first three months is estimated at 45,000 and expected average ridership will be close to 90,000.
Rapid Metro will be different from Delhi Metro in some ways. It has a uniquely shaped lattice roof covered with state of the art PVDF tensile fabric of Serge Ferrari make to adorn the stations. It has an aesthetically designed architectural lighting scheme for its stations. The stations are smaller than the Delhi metro stations, an official said.
Rai said DMRC had trained 32 station controllers and train operators of the Rapid Metro for four months.
For office-goers in Udyog Vihar,Kapashera Border,Jwala Mill road and IFFCO chowk,the Rapid Metro is in talks with the Haryana Roadways to provide feeder buses on routes connecting its stations. Public parking system has been made by DLF its own business initiative at Belvedere,Moulsari Avenue,Phase 2 for office-goers to park their cars near the Rapid Metro stations, Rai said.
On the security front,CCTV cameras have been fitted on the exterior and interior of the Metro stations. There will be a womens help desk manned by two women police officers at each station.
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