Gurgaon-Qutub Metro corridor to be opened on June 21

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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