The Metro line to Gurgaon is expected to 'take off' 20,000 vehicles from the congested MG Road and cut travelling time from Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place) to Gurgaon to about 45 minutes from the current one-and-half hours by road, said E. Sreedharan, the managing director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
He was with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union Minister of Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy who jointly flagged off the first trial run of the Metro on this line.
They also travelled in the Metro coaches between HUDA City Centre and Guru Dronacharya Metro station.
The line between Gurgaon and Qutub Minar is expected to be launched in the first week of May and between Qutub Minar and Central Secretariat station in June.
Sreedharan said, “The integrated trial run on the Gurgaon line would continue for about three months with the help of two trains.”
Between 2 and 2.5 lakh passengers are likely to travel on this line in the beginning and the number is likely to touch 3.4 lakh by 2011.
The Haryana CM said his government had kicked off a number of infrastructural projects to support the Metro Network with effective feeder systems as well as link roads.