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India’s first private metro by Jan 2013

India’s first privately funded, promoted and soon-to-be operational Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) would be a pleasing sight, along with being a state-of-the-art mode of transportation.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 23:26 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

India’s first privately funded, promoted and soon-to-be operational Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) would be a pleasing sight, along with being a state-of-the-art mode of transportation.

Slated to begin in January 2013, the service meanders through DLF City and touches corners at DLF Cybercity, that has a horde of multinational companies. Promoters say they have designed it with world-class aesthetics.

Starting from Sikanderpur Metro station, the RMG would meander through the posh DLF City (II) and touch Belvedere Park and Towers, DLF Cybercity, National Media Centre, Ambience Lagoon apartments before turning towards DLF SEZ in DLF City III. Other locations include Hotel Leela Kempinski, Ambience Mall, Hotel Trident Hilton and border Toll Plaza on Gurgaon Expressway.

Besides features such as the Automatic Train Operation (ATO) system, that does not necessarily require human drivers, the aesthetics of the entire 6.1 km long metro service would be on the lines of the Dubai Metro, officials of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) company Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) claimed.

The aesthetic designs of 47 stations (nine underground) on the 75-km long Dubai Metro network is said to be the latest and most attractive in the world.

Sanjiv Rai, managing director of RMGL said, “Our consultants would design RMG

stations in such a way that they merge well with the swanky buildings in the area,” Rai added.

In July 2009, the Haryana government had awarded the Rs. 1088 crore-project of setting up 6.1 km-long to RMGL. However, it is yet to receive formal nod from the union ministry of urban development.

This service would also act as a feeder system for DMRC’s main metro service.

Rai said RMGL would be signing lease agreements with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as well as with DLF in the next few days.

“We need 50-60 percent of the land from HUDA that is median of the roads where the pillars of the elevated tracks would come up. There are minor encroachment issues that we believe would be sorted out by HUDA soon. Rest of the land comes from DLF.”

DMRC would be the Prime Maintenance Consultant for the project. The civil contract has gone to Maytas Infrastructure that promises to finish its work of erected elevated track within 24 months.

“We would kick off the civil work next week after receiving work notice from RMGL. We plan to finish it within 24 months, after which, the work on electrification, signaling would be started by other contracting companies,” said VK Kaushik, MD of Maytas Infra.