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Gurgaon Metro set for operationalisation next week
By Rajesh Ahuja New Delhi | Sunday, Aug 29 2010 IST
 
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Commuting woes from Delhi to Gurgaon will soon be a thing of the past with the Central Secretariat-Gurgaon Metro section set to begin operations next week.

With the Commissioner for Railway Safety scheduled to conduct inspection of the line on August 31, the line is likely to be operational by the end of the week, most likely by Janamashtmi on September 2, sources in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation told UNI.

The sources said the construction work on the Gurgaon Metro line is completed and trials have been going on the 27-km stretch for the last over a month.

The line is awaiting the mandatory nod of the CMRS before it can be thrown open for public use. It is notable that operations on the much delayed Chattarpur Metro station began earlier this week. The construction of the station was delayed due to land acquisition problems and trains on the Qutub-Huda City Center section had been skipping the stop. The opening of the Central Secretariat to Huda City Centre section will reduce the commuting time between Central Secretariat from more than one and a half hour at present to just 45 to 50 minutes by metro.

As per an estimate by the DMRC, over 3.6 lakh commuters are expected to use the Central Secretariat-Gurgaon section by 2011. With the opening of the Central Secretariat to Huda City Centre section, the line that links Jahangirpuri in North Delhi to HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon will become the longest straight Metro section in the city connecting North Delhi, South Delhi and Gurgaon in one corridor. Once the section is opened, Metro trains will be running right from Jahangirpuri to Huda City Center. Incidentally, the underground portion of the line, a 24-km long tunnel from GTB Nagar Metro station to Qutub Metro station, is also the longest underground Metro line in India. While the stretch between Central Secretariat-Qutub will be a fully underground section with 11 stations - Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jor Bagh, INA, AIIMS, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Malviya Nagar, Saket and Qutub Minar, the section between Qutub and Huda City Centre, which is already operational, is an elevated one.

Sources in the DMRC say that when the 45-km long Jahangirpuri to Huda City Centre section opens, the plan is to run 40 trains on the line at a frequency of three minutes. In all, there will be 34 Metro stations on the Jahangirpuri to Huda City Centre line of which 20 are underground and 14 elevated. The Yellow line will be one of the most important Metro lines in the city in that it runs through two major railway stations at Old Delhi and New Delhi, Delhi's main bus terminal at ISBT and also connects major hospitals like AIIMS, Safdarjung, RML, LNJP, Parmanand, and G B Pant Hospital. In fact, the fully-elevated line from HUDA City Centre Metro Station to Guru Dronacharya Metro Station) passes through residential and institutional areas of Gurgaon. It has five stations-- HUDA City Centre, IFFCO Chowk, M G Road, Sikanderpur and Guru Dronacharya metro station.

Further, it also covers Tourist attractions including Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung Tomb and Dilli Haat.

-- (UNI) -- 29DI11.xml

 

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