Work May Start Soon On Station Near Delhi-Haryana Border
New Delhi: The extension of the Airport Metro Express to Gurgaon will now have a station near the Delhi-Haryana border.The 12km alignment,which is expected to cut travelling time down to 14 minutes,will start from the underground station at Dwarka Sector 21 and have four elevated stations at Bijwasan, Sector 23, Sector 18 and IFFCO chowk. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said,The detailed project report has been submitted with the Haryana government for approval.Work is expected to start soon. Reliance Infrastructure,the concessionaire for the Airport Metro Express,has already submitted an expression of interest (EOI) for the project, said sources.
The civil construction of the alignment, including the stations, will be done by Delhi Metro, said officials.
The same format was used for the Airport Metro Express line.The original DPR of the project had only four stations on the alignment,but later,a need was felt for a station in the vicinity of old Gurgaon.The station at Bijwasan will cater to that ridership, said the official.The extension to Gurgaon will have connectivity to the R-Infra Airport Metro Express at the Dwarka Sector 21 station.The corridor,which is being labelled as the Express Metro link,will allow commuters to travel from Delhi to Gurgaon in just 14 minutes.It will also cut down considerably on the travel time from the heart of Delhi,the Rajiv Chowk station,to Gurgaon by half hour.
A senior DMRC official said,The proposed completion date is 2016,if the DPR is given approval and order for implementation comes in within the next few months. The extension of the Airport Metro Express is only one of the lines that will connect the NCR with Delhi.As part of phase III,the Janakpuri (west) to Kalindi Kunj corridor will connect Noida with Delhi while the extension of the corridor from Central Secretariat to Badarpur till Faridabad will do the same for the NCR town.
At present,the Airport Metro Express is till Dwarka Sector 21, and takes around 20 minutes to reach New Delhi Metro station,the originating station on the corridor.Gurgaon is connected to Delhi through the Jehangirpuri-HUDA city centre alignment,which is one of the longest corridors on the Delhi Metro network.Sources at R-Infra admitted that Delhi Metros intimation to the company to submit an EOI was being seen as a positive sign.Incidentally,the same high-speed alignment built for the Airport Metro Express is going to be built for the extension to Gurgaon.