Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL), the agency which is setting up the intra-city rail network, had held negotiations with the city transport department to introduce feeder buses for the benefit of Old Gurgaon residents.
For the convenience of commuters, RMGL has sought service on three routes — Gateway Tower to Iffco Chowk, Gateway Tower to Kapashera Border and Gateway Tower to Jwala Mill road.
The bus service will not only benefit office-goers who wish to use the intra-city link, but also provide direct connectivity to the Delhi Metro. The Rapid Metro connects to the DMRC service at Gateway Tower, which is close to Udyog Vihar and Palam Vihar.
Although RMGL would have started its own feeder bus service, the state policy prohibits any such initiative. So, officials have requested the transport department to consider their demand and begin the bus service when trains start running on the tracks by April 2013, said the RMGL spokesperson.
"The Rapid Metro will charge a fixed rate for the entire 6.1-km-long stretch. Commuters travelling on the Delhi Metro can use their tokens or smart card to travel on the Rapid Metro," said the official.
The fare will be distributed between RMGL and DMRC by the clearing house system.
The six-km Metro rail system will connect Sikanderpur Metro station of Delhi Metro to Cyber City and NH-8 in Gurgaon and it is India’s first privately promoted intra-city project.
The three coaches of Rapid Metro arrived from German firm Siemens’ facility situated at Guangzhou in China at Mumbai port on August 20. According to RMGL officials, a total of five light-weight, aluminum trains would be imported. Four of these would be used for ferrying passengers while one would be kept in reserve.
Each train will consist of three coaches with a total capacity to ferry 1,000 passengers. There will be six stations in the city — Sikanderpur, DLF Phase II, Belvedere Towers, Gateway Towers, Mall of India and DLF III.