Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) will implement the proposed metro line from Dwarka Sector 21 to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon for which final nod has been given by the state government, said Haryana Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The proposed metro link was delayed time and again as the detailed project reports were rejected thrice by the Haryana mass rapid transport corporation citing non-viability.
Khattar said there are three proposals for extension of metro rail in the Millennium city and the departments concerned are working on which proposal to finalise. He said it is to be decided whether the metro extension work would be carried through DMRC or through private metro company, as private metro is also operating in Gurgaon.
“But for one line from Dwarka sector 21 to IFFCO Chowk it has been finalised that DMRC will come up with it” Khattar said this while speaking on infrastructural development of Gurgaon in a public function here on Sunday night.
The proposed metro route will cover several areas including Dwarka sector 21, Palam Vihar, Kapashera, Udyog Vihar, IFFCO Chowk. Earlier, the Haryana government had scrapped three proposals – metro line via Kapashera and two other routes – citing lack of financially viability.
After a survey, the government proposed a route covering Palam Vihar which is densely populated. The total cost of the project, via Kapashera, was estimated to be over Rs 2,000 crore. A senior government functionary said the cost is likely to increase when the line is rerouted via Palam Vihar but the government is ready for it.
Official sources said the state planned to fund the entire project as such the government was hesitant in giving green signal.
Khattar stressed there was need of several alternate routes to connect Gurgaon with Delhi to mitigate traffic pressure on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and Mehrauli-Gurgaon road.
Gurgaon Member of Parliament and minister of state for planning Rao Inderjit Singh, Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh, and Gurgaon MLA Umesh Agarwal have been raising demand for extension of metro service in the city including old Gurgaon.
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Showing enthusiasm over Pod taxi project, Khattar said there are some issues in land acquisition in Delhi. “We have offered to start Pod taxi at least from Sirhaul (where toll plaza was located) and take it to Manesar. We do not have any difficulty. If this happens, at least the project would start in Gurgaon area and later it could be started in Delhi side”.