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Another Metro for Gurgaon

For all those waiting for better connectivity to the IGI airport from Gurgaon, here's some good news. The DMRC is shortly going to start conducting a physical survey of the proposed hi-speed metro link project.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2010 00:56 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

For all those waiting for better connectivity to the IGI airport from Gurgaon, here's some good news. The DMRC is shortly going to start conducting a physical survey of the proposed hi-speed metro link project.

"This line will come up on the public private partnership (PPP) model," said DMRC chief E. Sreedharan recently.

At present, the only fast link for Gurgaon with the IGI airport is the Gurgaon Expressway.

Sreedharan said, "On the request of the Haryana Government, we are about to start a physical survey for the proposed hi-speed Metro Link between IGI Airport and Gurgaon. This line will connect Dwarka Metro station in Sector 21 and probably the IFFCO Chowk on Gurgaon Expressway. It would be an extension of the Airport Express Metro Line connecting IGI airport with Rajiv Chowk Metro station. It will be about seven-eight km long."

The DMRC chief said the project's funding will be on the lines of the model adopted for the under-construction Airport Express Line.

"Eighty per cent of the civil work cost will be borne by the Haryana government and the remaining by the Centre. The private sector organisation would bear the costs, that would include rolling stock, trains, signaling, electrification and other things. In short, the cost-sharing model will require Central and state governments to bear 50 per cent of the total cost of the project, along with the private sector firm," Sreedharan said.

According to the DMRC chief, though it would be too early to comment on the length of the project, but it should be around seven-eight km long.