Haryana asks for Report on Gurgaon-Faridabad Metro Link via Gwalpahari

GURUGRAM: The Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC) has been asked to prepare a feasibility report on a proposed Metro route between Sector 45 in Gurgaon and Bata Chowk in Faridabad via Gwalpahari.

The instruction was passed on during a high-level meeting chaired by chief secretary DS Dhesi in Chandigarh on Tuesday, in keeping with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s announcement earlier.

During the meeting, another proposed route to connect Rapid Metro’s Section 55-56 station with Dwarka Expressway via SPR also came up for talks.

Talking about the proposed Gurgaon-Faridabad route, officials, privy to the minutes of the meeting, said the proposed route would start at Sector 45 in Gurgaon, run along Gurgaon-Faridabad road via Gwalpahari and culminate at Bata Chowk in Faridabad.

“Initially, we had thought of connecting the two cities via Tughlakabad. Accordingly, last June, we had asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to conduct a feasibility test. But, in its report, DMRC had claimed that the existing Violet line (line 6) was running almost parallel to the one being planned and therefore, there was no point constructing one more route. Now, we are considering an alternative route via Gwalpahari and HMRTC has been asked to look into its feasibility,” said a senior official.

“However, the exorbitant cost that would be required to connect the two cities of Haryana remains a matter of huge concern. Besides, there may not be enough commuters as major parts along the proposed route have very less population. So, we want to get a feasibility study done before finalising the route,” he said.

The second proposed route, which was discussed, would start at the existing Rapid Metro station at Sector 55-56, stretch along the Southern Peripheral Road, cross NH-8 and then move along the Dwarka Expressway. This line may also be linked with the proposed Yellow line extension at Gurgaon railway station. However, a final decision in this regard is yet to be taken.

Last month, DMRC submitted reports on the feasibility of two possible routes for the proposed Yellow line extension. While one is a 12km route from Huda City Centre, currently the terminal station on the Yellow line, to Gurgaon railway station, the other is a full-length corridor right up to Dwarka Sector 21, where DMRC’s Blue and Airport Express lines converge.

The second one is a 27km route that also starts at Huda City Centre, turns into the expressway at Hero Honda Chowk via Subhash Chowk, heads towards the Gurgaon railway station and goes up to Dwarka.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the officials also discussed the Metro route from Huda City Centre to Manesar, passing through the SEZ at Garhi Harsaru. According to officials, this route is at an advanced stage. In the next phase, this line will be extended up to Bawal.