Gurgaon: Old city’s Metro dream hits roadblock
The residents' dream of having Metro connectivity in the old city is slowly fading with the Haryana government delaying the execution of the plan.gurgaon Updated: Jun 25, 2013 01:13 IST
The residents' dream of having Metro connectivity in the old city is slowly fading with the Haryana government delaying the execution of the plan. There is no show of intent on the part of the state government even though the Union urban development ministry has already confirmed that the proposed extension of Metro between Sector 21, Dwarka and Gurgaon would not be a high-speed service.
"The erstwhile plan of high-speed Metro between Sector 21 and Iffco Chowk, which was supposed to be developed by a private company, has been rejected by the ministry and the ministry has approved normal Metro services," said a senior official in the ministry.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), in February, 2012, had submitted the detailed project report (DPR) of the high-speed Metro with three stations between Sector 21 and Iffco Chowk. But the state government rejected it after protests from Gurgaon residents. Afterwards, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had assured the residents of normal Metro connectivity from Sector 21 via old Gurgaon.
Meanwhile, the DMRC has confirmed that it is prepared to execute the normal Metro plan to extend the link between Sector 21, Dwarka, New Delhi and Gurgaon via the old city. "As soon as we get nod from the Haryana government, the DMRC will float tender for the DPR," said a senior DMRC official. According to DMRC sources, a meeting was scheduled with the state government last week, but it did not take place.
The delay has disappointed residents living in old Gurgaon, who have been waiting for Metro connectivity ever since Hooda promised it last year. "We will go on a protest if the government does not consider our demand," said Ashok Taneja, a resident of old Gurgaon. TC Gupta of the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP), who is heading the project on part of the Haryana government, was not available for comment.