Gurgaon: Residents want Iffco Chowk-Dwarka Sector 21 metro link project revived
Commuters between Dwarka and Gurgaon have to travel till Rajiv Chowk in Delhi to switch metro lines, which takes two hoursgurgaon Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:47 IST
Two days after the Haryana government gave its nod for linking the Huda City Centre Metro station to the Gurgaon railway station, residents are hoping for a similar progress on the Iffco Chowk- Dwarka Sector 21 Metro project that has been in a limbo for the past several years.
In the absence of a direct metro link between Dwarka and Gurgaon, commuters have to travel till Rajiv Chowk to switch metro lines and the entire journey takes two hours.
A direct metro link between the two areas is expected to reduce travelling time to under 25 minutes.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had submitted its detailed project report (DPR) to the Haryana government thrice and all three were rejected by the state government officials owing to issues with financial viability. Finally, the DPR was approved by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar last year. However, no progress has taken place since then.
The line is much awaited by residents of both areas as it can help them bypass the congestion on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and stop relying on app-based cabs or the less frequent Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.
“My Delhi University college is located in Dwarka and I commute till there by sharing cabs with some of my classmates. Often, I miss my first session owing to delay caused by the congestion on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. A metro line will help me not only save time, but also ensure that my education is not hampered,” Smridhi Mehindru, a resident of New Colony, said.
Abhishek Jha, a resident of Dwarka, travels daily to his office in Gurgaon by app-based cabs which he claims is burning a hole in his pocket.
“Availing of a two-way cab journey is expensive. The fares are more during the peak hours. A metro link between the two areas will bring down my travelling costs by 80%,” Abhishek said.
For some, the metro will help tackle difficulties in travelling under various weather conditions. “My office is located in Gurgaon and I commute on my motorcycle. My journey is often obstructed by rain in the monsoon and fog in the winter. A metro link will eliminate such issues and ensure safety of all,” Amit Bhardwaj, a resident of Dwarka, said.