Low cost, reduced time are main features of Gurgaon’s Rapid Metro Phase-2
From corporates, to residents of upscale colonies and those commuting till Sikanderpur metro station of Delhi Metro to reach areas around NCR, commuters are excited about the launch of the second phase of Rapid Metro and expect it will reduce transportation issues, fare and travelling time.Updated: Mar 31, 2017 22:31 IST
Corporates working in the city, residents of upscale colonies and those commuting till Sikanderpur Metro station of the Delhi metro’s Yellow line are all excited about the launch of the second phase of the Rapid Metro. Commuters said that the service reduced travel time, cost and transportation woes.
The line opened at 3.10pm to the public on Friday from the DLF Phase-1 Metro station, with over 30 passengers on board.
Akshita Sharma, a resident of DLF Phase-5, who was one of the first commuters, said that the metro service was useful. Sharma works with an MNC in Cyber City and uses app-based cabs to return home. However, she said that her travel time was considerably reduced by the metro service and she intends to use it regularly.
“I travel in the early morning and evening peak hour. The seven-kilometre journey takes me nearly an hour and more when there is an accident or ongoing construction work on the route. The delay adds to my stress. However, the sector 42-43 metro station is a five-minute walk from my condominium and it took me only 20 minutes to return home from work,” Akshita said.
For Vinod Arora, a retired assistant general manager and a resident of Ashoka Society in Sector 56, the Rapid Metro reduced the cost of travel to New Delhi, where he regularly attends cultural and spiritual events.
“I frequently travel to India Habitat Centre, India International Centre and other cultural and spiritual centres located across central Delhi. Instead of hiring a cab or driving to these areas at exuberant costs, I can travel to and fro for under Rs200,” Vinod said.
JS Chahal, a resident of SunCity, relies on autorickshaws to travel the arterial roads of Gurgaon and towards New Delhi. Chahal said he had been eagerly awaiting the launch of this service as it gives him a safer and cheaper mode of transport.
“I have been waiting for the south extension route to start as I was exhausted haggling with autorickshaw drivers over fares. They charge exorbitant amounts for short distances, but now, the metro service will help me visit my friends and relatives in New Delhi at a lower cost and reduced travel time,” Chahal said.
The launch of the new line has also benefited those living in New Delhi. Vinayak Iyer, employed with a multinational IT solutions company in DLF Phase-5, said that instead of taking his car to the office, he will use the Yellow line of the Delhi Metro service and the Rapid Metro service to travel between his residence in Saket and his office.
“I do not prefer autorickshaws or cabs as a transportation option and I prefer to drive my own vehicle. However, it takes me over 80 minutes to reach my office and another ten minutes to park my vehicle in the basement. But, with the launch of the new metro line, I can reduce my travelling to around 45 minutes at 20% of the cost. This will also save me the hassle of navigating packed roads in the peak hour,” Vinayak said.
First Published: Mar 31, 2017 22:31 IST