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June launch likely for Rapid Metro service

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, May 23, 2013
First Published: 02:48 IST(23/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:49 IST(23/5/2013)

After missing two completion deadlines, work on India’s first private Metro service — Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon (RMG) — is almost complete and is expected to be inaugurated in June.

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According to RMG officials, five out of six Metro stations (except Gateway Tower) are ready. Also, work on signaling, electrification and laying of tracks has also been completed. Four of the five trains to be pressed into service have arrived at the site from China too.

However, an inspection by the safety commissioner of the railways — a crucial step — is yet to take place though trial runs on the 6.1-km-long track have been going on.

The project concessionaire — Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) — will have to request the Northern Railways to facilitate the inspection. The railways safety nod is mandatory before the service is opened to the public — as done with the Delhi Metro.

Though RMGL officials were not available for comments, sources said the launch will be star-studded with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union urban development minister Kamal Nath. In March, Sanjiv Rai, managing director of RMGL, had told HT that the service was expected to be thrown open to the public in May.

“We are giving final touches. We will be ready for an inspection by the commissioner of metro rail safety in April,” he had said.

After the safety inspection, 30-day service trials will be carried out to iron out remaining operational issues, if any.

The Rapid Metro service was supposed to start in January this year. Later, the launch was pushed to April.


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