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Airport Metro to Gurgaon

Come 2013, the swanky high speed airport express line metro will cross the boundaries of Delhi and reach Millennium City Gurgaon.

delhi Updated: May 05, 2011 00:15 IST
Subhendu Ray

Come 2013, the swanky high speed airport express line metro will cross the boundaries of Delhi and reach Millennium City Gurgaon.

Once this extended corridor is in place, you can travel between New Delhi and IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon in just 25 minutes.

Reliance Infrastructure (R Infra), the concessionaire company of the 22.7 km airport expressline, said if invited to take up the project it would complete it in two years at a cost of Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 crore, said sources.

The company, which had initiated talks with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in February 2011, is quite assertive about being awarded the project.

HT had reported about the news in its February 6 edition, in which DMRC chief E Sreedharan had said DMRC was very happy about the success of the PPP model explored with Reliance Infrastructure and indicated that project would possibly be awarded to the company.

On Tuesday, Sreedharan said, "The extension of the expressline up to Gurgaon has been incorporated in phase 3, and it would be awarded to Reliance Infrastructure only if the company agrees to take it up on the existing terms and conditions".

Later, talking to HT R Infra's CEO and director Lalit Jalan said: "We are ready to take up the project and are just waiting for a formal communication from the DMRC."

He said the concessionaire company has already done initial techno-commercial study and would conduct a deep study and come out with the concrete plan, immediately after getting the assignment from DMRC.

Three tentative routes for this have already been worked out but the exact route will be finalised after DMRC completes the feasibility study of the project. Possibly the new line will go through Palam Vihar colony, said sources.

They added the new corridor, about 11 km long, will have both underground and elevated stretches with two stations. However, the exact locations of stations are yet to be decided by DMRC.

Jalan said that extension of the line would mostly cater to the residents of Gurgaon ‘both airport-bound and general commuters' as there is hardly any means of transportation of this standard available for them.