Two major satellite cities of the national capital region — Gurgaon and Noida — will come close to each other in next five years.
With extension of Delhi Metro under proposed phase 3, the travel time between the two cities will come down remarkably to about 40-45 minutes from the existing one hour 15 minutes.
“Currently, a Metro journey from Huda City Centre in Gurgaon to Botanical Garden in Noida takes about one hour 15 minutes with the interchange at the highly congested Rajiv Chowk station. After completion of phase 3, travel time between the two cities would reduce to 45 minutes,” said an official of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The proposed Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor (35 km) will have interchange facility at Hauz Khas Metro station of Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre). So the passengers coming from Gurgaon can get down at Hauz Khas and take a direct train to Botanical Garden. This corridor is expected to be operational by 2016, said DMRC officials.
“This arrangement will benefit thousands of Metro commuters, especially the office goers who travel between Gurgaon and Noida daily,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.
The existing Hauz Khas Metro station will be turned into an interchange station to facilitate this connectivity.
A road journey between the two cities takes about 1.5 hours as the commuters have to traverse through the congested streets of Delhi.
Absence of direct autos and infrequent bus services further add to the inconveniences of the people. A huge portion of them would start commuting by Metro once the proposed corridor becomes functional, expects Delhi Metro.
About 1,70,000 passengers are expected to use the interchange Hauz Khas Metro station by 2016, as per the project report. Currently, the footfall at Hauz Khas is approximately 40,000. The total number of halts or stations on the way from Gurgaon to Noida will also decrease.