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In a meeting chaired by the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on Monday, the state cabinet approved the detailed project report (DPR) for the Gurugram metro rail project. The total cost of the project is expected to be around Rs 5,126 crores.
The metro link will connect HUDA City Centre with Cybercity, pass via Subhash Chowk, Sector 10, Sector 23, and Udyog Vihar.
Talking on the project a senior GMDA official said, “A spur was proposed from Basai to Dwarka Expressway, and an extension from Sector 23 to Cybercity via Udyog Vihar, by the CM earlier this year. We’re waiting for its approval from the central government,” as reported by TOI.
Some part of the project will be executed on the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) model and appointment of interim consultants is expected to be done by September. The project approval from the central government is expected by December 2019.
Sources said that most of the land required for the project is already with the state government, barring around 0.8 acre in Sector 4, which belongs to private owners, who will have to be rehabilitated for the project.
It is expected that Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation Limited (HMRTC), a SPV framed by the Haryana Government, will implement the metro project.
In the meeting, the cabinet has also discussed on the extension of Rapid Metro Gurgaon from Sector 56 to Vatika Chowk via Southern Peripheral Road (SPR). The proposed length of this metro link will be around 6.3 km.
“There is a proposal to develop a metro link between Sector 56 and Vatika Chowk on Sohna road, which will be an extension of Rapid Metro,” said a GMDA official to TOI, requesting anonymity. He said that discussions are currently at a nascent stage.
The metro project will provide an alternative link between NH-8 and Sohna road, connecting many residential areas on its way, something that residents of new sectors have been seeking for a long time.
The proposal for extension of Gurgaon Rapid Metro gained momentum after the Haryana government decided to take over the financially troubled Rapid Metro from IL&FS to operate and maintain it in public interest.
The Gurgaon Rapid Metro is currently being operated and maintained by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) after taking over the project from RapidMetro Gurgaon Private Limited a subsidiary company of IL&FS. However, the footfall has been seen very low average 50,000 per day in this metro line.
Due to low footfall and revenue losses, the RapidMetro Gurgaon Private Limited demanded a compensation of Rs 1,484 crores from the Haryana government citing losses incurred due to ‘breach of contract’. The company claimed that according to the agreement it had mentioned that no shared autos would be allowed on the rapid metro route.
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