Gurgaon-Qutub Metro corridor to be opened on June 21
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 21:00
  
New Delhi: Gurgaon's long wait for Metro connectivity will finally end on June 21 when the DMRC will throw open its much-awaited Gurgaon-Qutub Minar corridor to the public.

However, there will be no formal inaugural function and revenue train services will commence simultaneously from Qutub Minar and HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon at 8 AM on Monday.

DMRC sources said no formal function will be held because the trial runs on this section were launched with much fanfare by Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

They said a formal function is likely when the remaining section -- Qutub Minar-Central Secretariat -- of the corridor is inaugurated in July.

People of the Millennium City have been waiting for an effective transport system to travel to and from Delhi and the launch of Metro services is likely to ease some pressure on road traffic.

DMRC will initially put five trains on the 14.47-km corridor that will connect Gurgaon with south Delhi which will run at a frequency of 12 minutes, a DMRC spokesman said, adding that the number of trains will be increased gradually.

The decision to inaugurate the line comes five days after the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) R K Kardam gave the mandatory no-objection certificate for the opening of the line after his two-day inspection last week.

Once the services start, Gurgaon will become the second satellite city to get Metro connectivity after Noida, where it reached last November.

The ten stations on this elevated section are Qutub Minar, Chhattarpur, Sultanpur, Ghitorni, Arjangarh, Guru Dronacharya, Sikanderpur, MG Road, IFFCO Chowk and HUDA City Centre.

The trains will not stop at the Chhattarpur Metro station initially as this station is likely to be opened for the public by August.

"The construction work of the station was delayed as the land for the building of the station was not available with DMRC till October last year. The DMRC is now constructing the station in record time using pre fabricated steel structures," the spokesman said.

The remaining part of the corridor from Qutub Minar to Central Secretariat is expected to be open by the end of July. Ultimately, the line will be integrated with the existing Line 2 (Jehangirpuri-Central Secretariat).

Once the entire section becomes operational, passengers can hope to reach the millennium city in around an hour from Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi.

The Central Secretariat-HUDA City Centre line, built at a total cost of Rs 3,720 crore, is expected to add over 3.4 lakh people to the Metro system by 2011.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 21:00


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