The Haryana government on Friday signed an agreement with Delhi Metro for extension of the rail network to the satellite township of Gurgaon.
The agreement was signed by Shakuntala Jakhu, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Haryana government and CBK Rao, DMRC Director (Project and Planning) in New Delhi.
Gurgaon is going to be the first city in NCR region after Delhi to have Metro connectivity, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told reporters after signing of the document.
"The Gurgaon extension of Delhi metro is 14.47 km, of which 7.42 km will be in Delhi and 7.05 km in Gurgaon. It will be completely elevated," DMRC Chief E Sreedharan told reporters.
"The controversies regarding the metro extension to Gurgaon have come to an end. The Line II will be extended from Central Secretariat and then it will enter Gurgaon via the Mehrauli route," Hooda said.
The route is expected to be operational from July 2010 though Hooda has requested for an earlier completion. "We would love it to be operational before the Commonwealth Games, may be around January 2010," he added.
Speaking on the hiccups faced for this extension, Sreedharan said the 11-km tunnel was a major challenge and the feasibility of the project was being considered.
The construction work on this extension will start within two weeks.