The long wait for Gurgaon residents to get direct Metro connectivity to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport will soon come to an end.
The proposed 11-km high-speed Metro link between Sector 21 in Dwarka and Gurgaon (Iffco Chowk) has finally got the green signal from the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The line will have three stations — Maruti Suzuki factory, Palam Vihar near ITM University and Sector 21, Dwarka.
Urban development minister Kamal Nath on Thursday announced that the government had sanctioned the Gurgaon-Dwarka Metro link.
"The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted the detailed project report to us and we are studying it. We have, however, sanctioned the project which will be the second DMRC project in Gurgaon. We have also given the go-ahead to the Rs 1,990-crore Mundka-Bahadurgarh Metro line," Nath added.
In June this year, DMRC started conducting the ground study to prepare the report for the Metro link between Guragon and Dwarka. The new line will come up on the public private partnership (PPP) model, on lines of the airport link in Delhi. Private players will be invited to bid for it.
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had first announced the project to link Gurgaon with IGI airport at a meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) in November 2009, in the presence of then urban development minister Jaipal Reddy.
DMRC chief E Sreedharan said, "On the request of the Haryana government, we prepared a project report for the Dwarka-Gurgaon link. It will connect the Dwarka station in Sector 21 and Iffco Chowk. The link will be an extension of the Airport Express Line which connects IGI with Rajiv Chowk station in Connaught Place."
Residents of localities near Iffco Chowk such as Sector 17, 18, DLF Phase 2 and gated communities such Heritage City, Beverley Park 1 & 2, Essel Towers and those living in Palam Vihar, sectors 21, 22, 23, 23A and Udyog Vihar, from where the Metro line is likely to meander, will benefit the most once the line opens.