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Delhi Metro in Gurgaon

Gurgaon metro from New Delhi.

Delhi Metro in Gurgaon


 

Metro rail to benefit the residents of Gurgaon, well that certainly is becoming a reality. However, apart from the people who would commute to their offices and residents in and around Delhi Gurgaon. Metro is certainly going to prove a big help for people thinking of visiting only the shopping malls of Gurgaon.

As per the plan, if this works out as scheduled, people might have to simply drive or walk down to their nearest metro station and within minutes they would be able to visit the shopping malls. This might look a bit planned and so what if it is? Most of the important shopping malls fall en route the Delhi Metro. Not just good for people but even for the retailers. Every business is going to get a real boost in and around Gurgaon.

There is even a new metro station being constructed at DLF City Centre shopping mall. So just drop in there and have a stroll around the malls without any hassel of the traffic and parking.

Delhi Metro route

As per the initial plan, the Central Secretariat-Badarpur Line (line 6) was supposed to be a part of the Metro Railís Phase-III, scheduled to be commissioned after 2010. But it was shifted to Phase-II, since as per the Master Planís expansion schedule, the line should be completed by 2010. The decision to advance this to Phase-II was largely because of the Commonwealth Games since the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium falls on this route.

The Central Secretariat-Badarpur link is expected to be used by 3,60,000 Delhiites by 2011. Commuters on the 20 km route, which is part underground and part elevated, will take just 35 minutes to reach Badarpur. It will pass through parts of Lutyensí Delhi, as well as crowded areas like Jangpura, Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Kailash Colony, Nehru Place, Kalkaji, Okhla, Sarita Vihar, Tughlaqabad, before hitting the border at Badarpur.

The alignment will remain underground for a distance of 6.1 km till Jangpura, after which it will be elevated for the rest of the journey. The route, called line 6, will start from a parallel station to be constructed alongside the existing station at Central Secretariat. The width of the current station will be doubled from 24m to 48m to accommodate the two additional train lines, as line 2 is being extended to Gurgaon via Qutub in Phase-II. Both stations will be linked through three doors.

To ensure minimal dislocation, DMRC will use four Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) to drill underground. Through shafts near Udyog Bhawan, the machines will drill two tunnels till Khan Market.

The Metro line will hit surface level after the Defence Colony railway crossing and run elevated beside the main road over a ramp. Two TBMs will drill from there on till Jangpura. The Metro Rail tunnels will pass under old buildings of Lutyensí Delhi, as well as colonies like Golf Links. To ensure that the foundation of the buildings are not affected, DMRC will put vibration meters overground.

From Central Secretariat, the Rail will move to Khan Market station, opposite Ambassador Hotel on Humayun Road. The distance between the two stations will be about 2.1 km and a ventilation-cum-fire evacuation shaft will be created at the Motilal Nehru Marg roundabout as per international norms. To cater to commuters headed for the stadium, a subway will be constructed under the JLN Marg, which will be linked to the station exit through a paved path. The station will also have exits leading to CGO complex, Dyal Singh College, Pragati Vihar and NBCC complex. The line would move to the right of SCOPE complex to reach Jangpura station. One of the openings will come up on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, where the NH-24 tunnel link road connecting the games village in east Delhi to JLN Stadium meets the main road.

Towards East, the Metro Rail is being constructed on elevated line. After crossing river Yamuna, one line will go towards Noida via Mayur Vihar Phase-I and one will be over the Vikas Marg to Anand Viharís ISBT.

The route plan is sourced from Economic Times.