Gurugram’s long wait to get its own city-circling metro line is set to get over.
This comes in the backdrop of Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation Ltd (HMRTC) last week re-inviting bids for the selection of Detailed Design Consultant for 28.5-km-long metro route between HUDA City Centre and Cyber City, Gurugram.
The new corridor will form a ring line through Gurugram and Old Gurugram via 27 stations.
The original round of bidding back in August 2022 had to be cancelled for poor participation.
Two Operational Lines
At present, there are only two metro lines operating in the city — a 7 km portion of the Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line and a 12.85 km Rapid Metro corridor.
The five stations — Guru Dronacharya, Sikanderpur, MG Road, IFFCO Chowk and HUDA City Centre — on the Yellow Line provides connectivity between Gurugram and Delhi.
Similarly, Rapid Metro is a fully elevated rapid transit system owned by HMRTC and operated by DMRC. With 11 stations, the Rapid Metro eases the commute between Cyber City and Golf Course Road and also has an interchange facility with Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line at Sikanderpur Station.
The plan to extend the metro facility from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) City Centre to various important locations in Gurugram has been under consideration for several years, during which officials have deliberated upon various routes.
It was in August 2020, however, that the state government accorded approval for Detailed Project Report (DPR) of a 28.8 km Metro rail Connection from HUDA City Centre to old Gurgaon at a cost of Rs 6,821.13 crore.
However, due to some issues raised by the Centre, a revised DPR, incorporating the changes sought, was sent to the Centre again.
The project based on the revised DPR was cleared by the Public Investment Board (PIB) under Union Ministry of Finance in November last year. The Union Cabinet’s nod is now awaited for the Rs 6,400 crore project.
The Gurugram Metro line from HUDA City Centre to Cyber City via Old Gurgaon will have a running distance of 28.5 km, including a 1.85 km Spur from Basai Village to Dwarka Expressway
The 26.65-Km-long Main Corridor from HUDA City Centre to Cyber City will be an elevated stretch with a total of 27 stations including Depot.
The interchange with the Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line at HUDA City Centre will provide direct connectivity to a large part of Gurugram with Delhi.
Also, this line is likely have an interchange with the 106 km Delhi-SNB-RRTS line at Udyog Vihar which will provide connectivity upto Sarai Kale Khan (SKK), New Delhi on one side and Shahjahanpur, Neemrana and Behror (SNB), Rajasthan on the other side. These linkages will enhance the efficiency of transportation system in National Capital Region (NCR).
The metro line will cover the entire city of Gurugram and would give efficient and environment friendly transport system to the public of Haryana especially living in Gurugram and its vicinity.
It should be noted that the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar while presenting the state budget for FY 2023-24 had said that the construction of HUDA City Centre-Cyber City Line would commence in 2023-24 after approval from the Union Cabinet.
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