The process for expanding Gurgaon’s under-construction Metro service, the Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon (RMG), has finally begun with the Haryana government receiving a bid for this ambitious Rs 2,000 crore (estimated cost) project.
A consortium of IL&FS Rail Limited and IL&FS Transportation Limited filed a bid to Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) in Chandigarh on Thursday for the 7-km southward extension of the Metro line to Sector 56 in Gurgaon from the Sikanderpur station.
In 2009, the RMG project was awarded to a consortium of IL&FS and real estate major DLF. A Special Purpose Vehicle named Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Ltd had been formed to execute the plan. The eagerly-awaited 6.1-km RMG project that caters to DLF City is all set to begin operation by March/April next year.
Interestingly, the IL&FS companies turned out to be the sole applicant for the proposed Metro expansion along the Golf Course Road and that too, on the last day of submission of bids. The deadline was earlier extended by a month.
“We have received just one technical bid for the south extension of the RMG project. We will now start completing the formalities,” said S Kansal, chief finance controller, Huda.
As per plan, the new route is proposed to be an elevated stretch with double-standard gauge track and will have six stations. It would begin from Sikanderpur Metro station near Bristol Chowk and terminate at the T-junction in Golf Course Extension. Few of the stations will have parking lots, unlike the RMG project.
Sanjiv Rai, managing director and CEO, IL&FS Rail Limited, said, “If awarded the project, we will take about six months for financial closure and 30 months for completing construction. Ideally, the complete route will be able to see the light of day in 2015.”