IGI Airport to get closer as Gurgaon authority picks Dwarka route for Metro line extension
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority has formally proposed a route from Huda City Centre to Dwarka Sector 21. Majority of Gurgaon residents had expressed their preference for the route to be connected with Dwarka.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has formally proposed that the new metro extension line will connect Huda City Centre station with Sector 21 Dwarka.
The decision comes almost two months after GMDA was given the task of gathering public feedback on two new metro route options for the city. On Tuesday, GMDA compiled its report and recommended the Dwarka route for extension to the Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC).
In its feasibility report submitted to the Haryana government in October, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had suggested two options — a longer route connecting Huda City Centre to Dwarka Sector 21 and a shorter one connecting Huda City Centre to the Gurgaon Railway Station.
The public feedback collected over 15 days indicated that Gurgaon residents prefer a metro route between Huda City Centre to Dwarka Sector 21. According to the GMDA, the consultants for the Metro project, over 400 ‘substantive’ comments were received.
The 27.5-km route from Huda City Centre towards Dwarka Sector 21 covers Subhash Chowk on Sohna Road, Hero Honda Chowk, sectors 10A,10,9,9A, ESI Hospital, the chowk of Sector 4 and 5 (including the railway station and adjoining area), Sector 23, Chauma rail crossing and Bijwasan border.
In its report, the GMDA has suggested a ‘marginal’ change to the DMRC’s proposed route to HMRTC.
“In GMDA’s report to HMRTC, a marginal change in the metro route has been suggested for consideration. However, the decision on it rests solely with the HMRTC,” V Umashankar, additional chief executive officer, GMDA, said.
Umashankar did not divulge the details of the change.
However, sources revealed that a small stretch of the route between Chauma railway crossing in Sector 111 and Bijwasan border falls within the jurisdiction of the Northern Railways.
GMDA officials suggested tweaking the route from Sector 23 towards Palam-Bijwasan road and subsequently towards Dwarka.
GMDA officials explained that the alteration will allow them complete right over the Metro route within Gurgaon and implement the project in lesser time, as requisite permission from the railways may take time and prove to be a hurdle to the project.
For residents, who favour the route from Huda City Centre to Dwarka Sector 21, the connectivity to places on the right of the Gurgaon Expressway and connectivity to DMRC’s blue line and airport express line towards Noida and New Delhi railway stations at the Dwarka Sector 21 interchange, is an added bonus.
The only bus service which takes commuters from Delhi’s Dwarka to Gurgaon’s Iffco Chowk, through Palam Vihar and Udyog Vihar, is infrequent. The frequency of DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) buses is such that one has to wait for over an hour for the next bus to arrive.
“Travelling on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway could be unpredictable and if you have a flight to catch, you could be under stress as it often takes time for snarls to clear. Metro connectivity will, hence, be a boon, as it will not only give commuters an option to bypass the expressway traffic, but will also help them reach their destinations on time,” Aakash Kataria, a resident of Sector 25, said.
According to the DMRC’s feasibility report, total boarding in the year 2021 on the proposed new Metro route is expected to be 2.87 lakh and is expected to rise to 4.76 lakh by 2031.
However, many residents fear that the ridership may not measure up to the DMRC’s expectation and lead to losses. “City residents are not accustomed to using public transport and most take their own vehicles for their daily commute. The newly opened metro lines (under phase 2 of the Rapid Metro project) are operating on low ridership,” Mihir Kohli, a resident of DLF 5, said.