DLF, India's largest real estate developers have planned a DLF city project for Gurgaon which includes setting up of hotels, malls, and various development projects. DLF wants to turn Gurgaon as a commercial and real estate hub of the country. Moreover, with the increasing popularity and opportunity Gurgaon offers to a vast number of people have encouraged DLF to plan a metro rail for connecting Gurgaon with near by areas like Delhi, Faridabad, Noida, and Gaziabad.
Gurgaon, the BPO capital has many MNC and IT companies. People from near by places are working in these companies. DLF plans to build a metro rail for masses, which would connect Gurgaon to near by areas. This will provide an easy connectivity between the places. Moreover, the city famous for its malls, hotels, and clubs also has many daily. The metro rail will ensure them an easy way of commuting in less time.
Design and Planning
DLF plans to invest up to Rs 375 crore in order to run its own metro rail in Gurgaon. The metro rail will stretch up to 3.7 km and each km will cost around RS 95-100 crore. DLF also plans to run the metro on an elevated corridor rather than passing through, underground. An elevated system is three times cheaper than an underground metro rail project. Moreover, it will also be less noisy than the conventional rail system and will work automatically rather than manually.
Merging of DLF and DMRC
DLF and DMRC have agreed to work in harmony for the metro project in Gurgaon. The two agreed to work together in order to ensure compatibility between the two lines and sharing the revenues. The plan is also to run such a system through which commuters will be able to use Delhi metro tickets on DLF trains and vice-versa. Both plan to start the line coming from Delhi and Gurgaon at the same time for a better accessibility and feasibility for the commuters.
Proposed Metro Plan
The metro line would start from Sikanderpur Chowk station till the DLF's Mall of India project on National Highway - 8 and then will move adjacent to the Delhi metro station on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road. Both DLF and DMRC are working together in order to design the interconnected metro stations and encourage the commuters to use both rail systems. Both plan to complete the project by 2010 when the National Capital Region will host the Commonwealth Games and it will be easy for commuters to reach their destination.
Approvals from State and Central Governments
Private rails are allowed under existing laws. Being a private rail network, DLF also needs to get permission from various state and central authorities. The Haryana government needs to sanction the land and will be supplying electricity for the project. DLF is seeking measures to have tax exemptions and cheap electricity from the state government.
DLF's main aim is to have cost-effective construction and good maintenance of this project. It also plans to work out all the issues missing in Delhi metro projects to provide all the benefits to the commuters.