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DMRC makes rules for Gurgaon

DMRC has tabled a draft agreement for the Haryana Govt for the proposed expansion.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 03:38 IST

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has tabled a draft agreement with tough payment clauses set for the Haryana government for the proposed expansion between the Central Secretariat station in New Delhi and Sushant Lok in Gurgaon.

As per the terms of the draft agreement, the Haryana Government will not only pay Rs 465 crore for the seven-kilometer stretch in Haryana between the Delhi-Gurgaon border and Sushant Lok, but also bear one-third of the 50 per cent cost for the portion between Ambedkar Colony and the Delhi-Gurgaon border, which falls within Delhi. The extension of the Metro up to Gurgaon will, therefore, cost the Haryana government a total of Rs 681 crore, including a grant of Rs 111 crore to DMRC.

The Haryana government will be required to pay this amount in four equal installments to DMRC. Total cost for the Haryana stretch of the Metro Line is expected to be aournd Rs 570 crore, 20 per cent of which is supposed to be borne by the central government.

Speaking off the record, indignant Haryana government officials said that state was desperate for the extension of the Metro rail up to Gurgaon, but DMRC had been denying the extension on the pretext that the route to Gurgaon is not feasible since volume of traffic is low. "But now that Haryana government has agreed to bear one third cost of the 50 per cent total for the Ambedkar Colony to Delhi-Gurgaon border stretch," an official added, "the DMRC has promptly finalized on the route and alignment of Metro to Gurgaon."

A study by RITES on the extension up to Gurgaon had suggested introducing a cost effective Light Rail Transit (LRT) System like that used in Bangkok. The study, was concluded in May, after the DMRC's earlier proposal for the extension from Vishva Vidyalaya to Qutub Minar to Gurgaon was turned down by the Delhi government due to the opposition registered by ASI.

The RITES study projected a maximum peak-hours passenger volume of 32000 by 2021 in this route, in sharp contrast with the above 90,000 expected on the routes where Metro is already operational in Delhi. The LRT system can manage the pressure of between 10000 and 30,000 passengers daily.

The UP government however will not pay DMRC for the Delhi portion of the Metro expansion. They will pay only for what is between the UP border and Noida.

As per the new proposal, the Gurgaon stretch of the Metro will have five stations: Garden Estate, Sikander Pur, FLD City Centre Mall, M.G. Road, IFFCO Chowk (behind Essel Towers) and Sushant Lok.

As per other terms of the draft agreement, the Haryana government will have to acquire the land for the expansion and hand it over to DMRC free of cost, with no encumbrances. They will also be required to give DMRC five acres of land for constructing the DMRC staff quarters, the draft agreement states.  DMRC Chief Project Manager Daljit Singh visited Guragon on Thursday to discuss land acquisition issues with the HUDA officials.