The Haryana government has approved a 16-km-long metro route that will connect Huda City Centre, currently the terminal station on the DMRC’s Yellow line, with old Gurugram. To start with, the metro tracks will be laid up to Sector 23. But eventually, the services are likely to be extended up to Dwarka. As per the approved plan, the new metro line will start at Huda City Centre, crosses the NH-8 at Hero Honda Chowk via Subhash Chowk, andgo up to Gurugram railway station through sectors 9 and 5.
Then, it will head towards Sheetla Mata temple, Old Delhi-Gurugram Road and culminate at Sector 23. There will be as many as 19 stations along the route, connecting most of important locations in the old city. GMDA chief executive officer V Umashankar said the project would be jointly implemented by the development authority and Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation Limited (HMRTC). The detailed project report for the Rs1,785-crore metro route isexpected to be ready by November end, he added.
“The detailed project report will have all engineering aspects. Once it is ready, we will start work on issuing tender. As of now,we have not identified the exact locations for proposed stations, which would be decided after taking into account land requirement and acquisition feasibility on sites,” Umashankar clarified Last year, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had submitted reports suggesting two alternatives — one a 12km route from Huda City Centre, to Gurugram railway station and the other a full-length corridor right up to Dwarka Sector 21, where DMRC’s Blue and Airport Express lines converge.
The second proposed route was a 27km route, which just like the approved one, was to start at Huda City Centre and go up to Dwarka via Hero Honda Chowk and the railway station.
Earlier this year, the government decided to go ahead with the first option, which was modified further to extend the services till Sector 23. Sources said GMDA had suggested that the proposed route be tweaked a little to avoid crossing the railway tracks at Palam Viharm. Crossing the railway tracks would require permission from the railways, which it felt, would be a timeconsuming process that might delay or derail the entire project. In a later stage, the route will be extended till Dwarka, providing a convenient commuting option to Gurugram residents going to the IGI airport.
Sources also revealed that the state government was also planning to connect Gurugram and Faridabad via another metro route. However, the project is still at a nascent stage.