After delays, affluent south Gurgaon hops on to Rapid Metro
After missing several deadlines, the second phase of Rapid Metro was thrown open to public on Friday. The first train was flagged off by Rajiv Banga, MD and CEO of IL&FS from Dlf Phase 1 metro station at 2 pm, following which it was thrown open to public after 3pm.
The line will benefit upscale residential colonies of south Gurgaon including DLF Phase 1, 4 and 5, Sushant Lok, Suncity and group housing societies in Sector 56. It will also cater to corporate and commercial establishments on the golf course road.
Rapid metro officials said the new route will be covered under 22 minutes. Seven trains will be running on the 6.6-km track at an interval of five minutes.
The second phase has five stations at DLF Phase 1, Sector 42/43, Sector 53/54, Sector 54 chowk and Sector 55/56. Parking space will be available at Sector 42-43 and sector 54 chowk metro stations.
The line starts from Sikanderpur Metro station that is connected to the Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line near Bristol Chowk and terminates at Golf Course Extension T-junction.
After construction started in April 2013, the 6.6-kilometre line was supposed to be completed by 2015, but it got delayed by 18 months due to the golf course road-widening project, shifting of gas lines and underpass project on the golf course road.
Rapid Metro’s daily operations will start at 6.05 am and the last train will terminate at Sector 55/56 station at 12:36 am.
Each train will have three coaches with six seats in each coach reserved for women,senior citizens and the physically handicapped persons.
In Phase 1 , Rapid Metro was covering six stations on its 6.1-km track - Sikanderpur, DLF Phase-2, Belvedere Towers, Cyber City, Phase-3 and Moulsari Avenue.
The Rapid Metro was launched in 2013 and is India’s first fully privately funded Metro service.