Haryana govt to invest Rs 5,900 cr in Ggn-Faridabad metro project
Gurugram: It is official, Haryana government will set up a metro link between Gurugram and Faridabad, the richest cities in the state. Providing the information for the project, Krishan Pal Gurjar, member of parliament from Faridabad constituency said that the metro link between the two cities will be of the distance of over 30 kilo metres. There will be seven stations between Bata Chowk in Faridabad and Sector-45 in Gurugram. The state government will be investing over Rs 5,900 crore in the project and has set a deadline of completion in the year 2021.
Gurjar highlighted that the detailed project report of the metro connectivity will be provided within six months after which the process of providing tenders will follow. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar who will be on a visit to Faridabad is also expected to mention about the project as one of the biggest achievements of his government.
It will be interesting to see that how quickly will the Haryana government be able to execute the entire project taking into consideration that the state will have General elections followed by assembly elections next year in 2019. For lakhs of commuters who travel to Gurugram and Faridabad, the metro link will not only provide quicker travel but also ensure their safety.
With limited public transportation available, most of the commuters are reliant on unregistered cabs that ply between Gururgam and Faridabad. Despite the dangers involved, most of the commuters under compulsion are forced to rely only on the services of these cabs. Moreover once operational, the metro link can further connectivity to people living in the interiors of Gurugram.
The Haryana government has again begun the plans to connect the old part of Gurugram with Metro. For this purpose, it has appointed a consultant that will prepare the detailed project report (DPR) that will explore the viability of the mass transportation model.
There are plans to explore the metro route through Dundahera, Sector-23 and will then extend towards Dwarka. An alternative route by extending the HUDA City Centre metro route that will pass through Subash Chowk has also been explored. However, owing to various problems this route has not fructified.
Not only are there plans to extend the operation of Delhi Metro in Gurugram but there are also plans to expand the services of Rapid Metro, one of the few private metro services that are operational. Owing to the limited connectivity and high costs, the Rapid Metro has not been able to get the ridership numbers that was being estimated.