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Expand Metro reach, residents tell DMRC, govt

india Updated: Aug 05, 2011 01:51 IST
HT Correspondent

Residents welfare associations in the city have urged the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Haryana government to expand the existing metro network. They also have urged for a feeder bus service to ease intra-city commute.

Residents have demanded extension of DMRC’s yellow line and the under-construction Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon. If the DMRC metro line terminates in Sector 29, about seven kilometres inside Gurgaon from Mehrauli border, the RMG would make a limited stretch in loop of 6.1 km from Sikanderpur metro station to meander through the DLF City (Phase 2 and 3) only.

The RWAs under the banner of pressure group Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC) on Thursday said that the existing metro service had addressed the issue of inter-city transport from Delhi. The larger concern of intracity commute has not been addressed yet.

“We have met DMRC officials and also written to CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda for additional Metro lines in Gurgaon,” said GCC president R S Rathee.

He said that the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) and LDF has taken the initiative of laying a meter-gauge 6-km loop line (Metro Service) from Sikanderpur Metro Station covering the entire Cyber City.

He added, “This loop line will solve the problem of commuters from Sikanderpur to the Cyber City. But this project will attain the required level of ridership only when it is extended to Sector 56 (7 km) on the eastern side and up to Kapashera (2 km) on the western side.”

RN Malik, former engineer-in-chief with the Haryana government, said GCC suggested that three more lines are needed urgently to solve the traffic mess. First, the existing DMRC line should be extended to Hero Honda Chowk. Second, a line needs to be laid from Bashahpur to Dwarka. Third, a link is needed from Iffco Chowk to Jawala Textile Mills via Palam Vihar.