The Haryana Government has decided in principle to start Haryana Metro Rail Corporation (HMRC) on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). After HMRC takes shape, Haryana may not have to look towards DMRC for extending the metro network inside its cities, said officials.
The senior officials of urban planning department are working on the basic framework of the proposed organisation, HMRC.
“After DMRC completes the Metro extension in Gurgaon in 2010, we have plans to take it further to IMT Manesar. Likewise in Faridabad, we have plans to extend metro from YMCA Chowk to Ballabhgarh. Metro network would also be laid in Sonepat, Bahadurgarh and other NCR towns. We also have plans to lay a Ring Rail all along 135-km long Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway,” said an official.
The state government has planned a Global Corridor along KMP Expressway in 62,000 acres of land, the acquisition process of which has been initiated. The entire stretch would have about 10 theme cities, industrial and information technology parks, SEZs, malls and recreational centers.
When contacted Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda admitted that the government was seriously studying a proposal of constituting HMRC on the lines of DMRC to address its future needs related to rail transport facilities in its towns.
Meanwhile DMRC, which is currently working on extension of metro lines into Gurgaon and NOIDA, finds itself too busy and is likely to start the remaining NCR projects such as Faridabad and Bahadurgarh sion only after it completes projects in hand.