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Expansion of Rapid Metro awaits govt nod

india Updated: May 05, 2011 00:29 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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The network of India's first private light rail transit system — Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon (RMG) — is likely to spread further if the promoter company has its way.

A feasibility study to extend the service from Sikanderpur Metro station till the end of Golf Course Road by about seven kilometres has been completed.

The extension is estimated to cost about Rs 2,000 crore extra. The report has been submitted the report to the Haryana government for its approval.

However, plans to extend the RMG network from DLF Cybercity to Udyog Vihar and further to Palam Vihar has been put on hold as of now as a passenger-pattern study conducted recently revealed low ridership in these areas.

Slated to become operational in early 2013, the project will connect the existing Sikanderpur Metro station and make a loop of about 6.1 kilometre on elevated tracks inside DLF City.

The R1,000-crore project is being promoted by the consortium company of ITNL Enso Rail Systems (IERS) and DLF Metro Limited.

"The proposed extension would be a double track on an elevated structure along the Golf Course Road. The feasibility study has been submitted to the Haryana government that is likely to decide on the matter. We have designed the RMG in such a way that it can be extended northward and southward," said Sanjiv Rai, managing director of RMGL.

He added that since a study did not yield encouraging results in Udyog Vihar, extension plans have been stalled for now.

"Even the Haryana government is conducting a study in Udyog Vihar and other areas for the possible expansion of RMG," Rai said.