Rapid Metro formally inaugurated in Gurgaon

Gurgaon (GGN):  Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday inaugurated Phase-I of Rapid Metro Rail Corridor, an intra-city Metro service in Gurgaon. Besides, he laid the foundation stone of Model Government Commerce and Science College in Sec-51, Gurgaon.

The Phase-I of Rapid Metro Gurgaon line, is constructed at a cost of Rs.1088 crore which connects Sikanderpur with NH-8. Rapid Metro, an intra-city metro service, in Gurgaon which is first of its kind project on Public-Private- Partnership (PPP) model in the country, is open to commuters from 6:05 am till 12:20 (midnight).

Five fully automated trains with a frequency of 4 minutes are running between currently 5 stations with each train carrying over 800 passengers on each trip. It is 5.1 kilometer long and has 6 stations- Sikanderpur, DLF phase-2, Belvedere Towers, Cyber city, Moulsari Avenue and Cyber green Infinity Towers.

The launch of Rapid Metro Gurgaon will boost connectivity within cyber city which is the corporate and the retail hub of Haryana. It is expected that about 30 percent of existing road traffic will move to Rapid Metro thereby reducing travel time and traffic jams for the commuters on the NH-8, Gurgaon and Delhi.

After laying foundation stone of Rao Tula Ram Model Government College in Sector 51, Hooda said that this College would be developed on the pattern of Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) Delhi. This will be fourth Government College in Gurgaon City.

Hooda said that this unique Model Government Commerce and Science College was announced by him in ‘Vikas Rally’ of Badshahpur Assembly constituency on the demand of MLA Rao Dharampal as the area falls in Badshahpur Assembly segment. At that time itself, it was announced to name the college after martyr of freedom struggle Rao Tula Ram.

He said that the concerned officers have been directed to complete construction of college building, hostels etc in a period of 18 months. It would cost around `40 crore and span over an area of about 10 acres. Hooda saw the model of the college building and directed the Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal to coordinate with the famous SRCC Delhi and establish this college as a unique model college.

The Commerce College would have five storey main building with basement, an auditorium, a boundary wall, one hostel each for boys and girls, one Principal Residence and two residences for hostel wardens.

On the occasion, Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal, while replying to the queries of media persons, said that the State Government has constituted a committee for establishing this college in a unique way which would tie up with the authorities of SRCC Delhi. She also said that efforts were being made to take up this college under Rashtriya Uchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as a special case.

With this new Government College, the number of Government Colleges in Gurgaon would rise to four as Gurgaon presently has three Government Colleges. Earlier, there was no Government college in New Gurgaon, that is, towards the eastern part of NH-8, so the demand was raised by MLA Rao Dharampal in Vikas Rally of Badshahpur Assembly. The youth trained in Accountancy and Commerce in this College would be absorbed in Industries and Corporate Houses here, vise versa, the demand of manpower specialised in accountancy and other subjects of commerce of the Industries would also be met by this college.

Hooda also inaugurated a Banquet hall built by HUDA in Sector 43 here which has a capacity of about 350 persons. It has been constructed at a cost of about `6 crore in an area of 2.13 acres.