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HMRTC likely to operate Gurugram rapid metro

Gurugram: The Haryana government may now use the services of Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC) for the metro line extension between Gurugram and Faridabad that will be linked with the rapid rail metro system. If the state government goes ahead with its move the HMRTC will replace the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) that was earlier being considered to run the rapid metro rail services.

According to sources, the new proposal was considered in the high-level meeting presided under Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Sources also indicate that rather than making Sector -45 as an interchange station now Sikander Pur metro station may be considered as an interchange station for Gurugram Faridabad metro route. The new metro station has been chosen as the station is one of the central stations that connects Delhi and Gururgam. The state government is planning to develop a metro link between the two cities that will cover the distance of over thirty kilometres.

The state government will be investing over Rs 5900 crores in the project and have set a deadline for completion in the year 2021. 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 Gurugramwith 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.

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