The last mile was always a hurdle in Gurgaon. From Thursday, the Rapid Metrowill put an end to that, connecting Delhi Metro commuters to six key places within the city, among them the office hub, Cyber City, where over a lakh people either work or visit every day.
The Rapid Metro is a private public partnership project between IL&FS Rail Ltd and HUDA and was built at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore. The drivers were trained by Delhi Metro Rail Corporationstaff. On Thursday, the first phase will get operational, and will cover a distance of 5.1 km. Two more phases are planned.
Rapid Metro timings will be in sync with Delhi Metro, so you won’t have to wait for the local loop train. The connecting station is Sikanderpur, which will have a 90-metre walkway between the platforms.
Your Delhi Metro card or token will work for the Rapid Metro as well, which has a flat fare of Rs 12. A clearinghouse system is already in place which will automatically separate the revenue of Rapid Metro and DMRC at the end of the day.
While there are a total of six stations in the network, the one at Shankar Chowk will become operational later as work is still not complete there.
The Rapid Metro was to have been launched in January this year, but got delayed by over 10 months. There will be a low-key inauguration on Wednesday afternoon, with officials saying they did not want to extend the deadline by even a single day. “We did not want to wait for any minister to come and inaugurate the line, so we are going ahead and opening the line for public use from Thursday morning itself. The formal inauguration will take place later,” a Rapid Metro spokesperson said.
Source: The Times of India