The residents of Old Gurgaon localities, including Huda sectors, on Wednesday demanded a change in the plan of the proposed high-speed Metro link between Iffco Chowk and IGI Airport (Dwarka).
According to them, making the link high speed would not serve public interest and wanted “six to seven halts” on the line to cater to the needs of residents of south-west Gurgaon.
The demand gained momentum after more residents put their weight behind the cause.
The officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) held discussions with the Huda on the detailed project report (DPR) of the line.
The residents have also sent a proposal to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with an alternative route map.
In the proposal, the residents have suggested Rajiv Chowk as the “second-end station” (terminus) in Gurgaon in place of Iffco Chowk as proposed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in its DPR.
“In between Rajiv Chowk and Sector 21 Dwarka, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation can think of a route through areas such as Bijwasan, Palam Vihar, Sheetla Mata Road, Sector 5, Sadar and Rajiv Chowk. This route would help both airport commuters and daily commuters,” said Ratan Singh, chairman, Jafra, an umbrella organisation of RWAs.
“The Rajiv Chowk Metro station will cater to south Gurgaon residents mainly who live on Sohna Road and have been deprived of this transport facility,” added SN Bharadwaj, a resident of South City-II.
“We have met the chief minister and handed over a letter to him with the hope that he would do the needful. He promised to take it up with Union Urban Development Ministry,” said BD Pahuja, a resident.
Gurgaon officials, including Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar and senior town planner RK Singh, had taken up the cause of Old Gurgaon residents with the DMRC.
“Residents’ demand is justified and we took up their cause with officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,” said Kumar.