The opening of the Central Secretariat-Qutab Minar Metro corridor on Friday will provide relief to many who drive daily for hours together to commute to their offices in Delhi and back. Now, residents of Gurgaon can park their vehicles at any Metro station for R20 and travel by Metro to reach their respective workplaces. It will take only 45 minutes to reach Connaught Place from HUDA City Centre.
"You will not only save time but money and energy if you change your mode of transport from car to Metro. Those who stay a little away from the Metro stations can park their cars at the parking and travel in the luxury of Metro," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The DMRC has provided parking facility at all the five stations. Combining all these parking lots, the total space available for parking would be about 1,70,000 sqm in which approximately 15,000 four-wheelers and 20,000 two-wheelers can be accommodated.
Aanish Chowdhury, a resident of Sector 45, spends around R15,000 every month to commute between his home and office at Sector 29, Noida, by his car. "I spend R6,500 on fuel, R1,600 at the toll gates at Gurgaon border and DND flyover, and R7000 on driver. I spend around four hours on roads. If I commute by Metro, I can save at least one hour daily and R14000 a month," said Chowdhury.
Bibhuti Pradhan, an officer in Indian Oil, who stays in Sector V in Gurgaon, drives down to his office at Yusuf Sarai daily. Pradhan said, "From Monday, I will get freedom from congested Delhi roads. I will save around R4,000 a month and about 40 minutes a day."
"Gurgaon residents will save a lot of time as it takes double the time to travel by road, thanks traffic jams. In addition, they will not have to pay for parking or face problems related to parking in Delhi," said Dayal.