Private sector takes up cudgels in Gurgaon
In almost one year from now, India’s first private metro rail will start running on a 6.1-km elevated track, connecting offices of multinational companies, swanky shopping malls and up-market residential complexes.
The Rs 1,000-crore Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon (RMG), being constructed by real estate major DLF Limited, will not only boost the local transport system but will also serve as a robust feeder system for the existing Metro line. Likely to start operations by early 2013, the track will have six stations.
Equipped with an automatic train operation (ATO) system — which means no driver will be required to run it — it will integrate with Delhi Metro’s network at the Sikanderpur station.
Apart from the rapid Metro, several other private initiatives — including a proposed Rs 5,000-crore pod taxi system — have been taken up to improve the mobility of people in the absence of a public transport system.
Tuk Tuk autorickshaws, a round-the-clock auto service, all-women pink autos will be available at all Metro stations, 35 radio autos a phone call away, battery-operated rickshaws and smart ride shuttle bus service for cybercity executives and residents of DLF are some initiatives.
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