A year after floating tenders, the Haryana government gave the go-ahead to India’s first entirely private Metro rail network that will connect Gurgaon to Delhi Metro’s Sikanderpur station. The rail network, which involves an investment of Rs 900 crore, would be complete in 30 months from the date of award of the project. A major portion of the 6.1km elevated stretch would have a single track providing one-way movement. The network — to be called Gurgaon Metro Rail Link (GMRL) — will benefit an estimated 1 lakh commuters, particularly the daily workforce. According to the design, the rail line takes off and terminates at Sikanderpur covering both residential and commercial areas of DLF-II, DLF-III and Cyber City. The approximately 1.2km stretch between Sikanderpur Metro station and DLF-II would have double tracks, while the rest would have a single track. So, a train will start from Sikanderpur station and terminate at the same after covering the entire stretch. The trains would draw power from the third rail running underneath. The GMRL would be connected to the station through a 90m-long walkway. Originally, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had floated a tender for a 3.2km-long Metro link between Sikanderpur and NH-8 worth Rs 500 crore. Though realty major DLF had envisaged the project in 2007 to provide connectivity to Cyber City, Haryana government had objected to the idea of a private player using public transport for profit making. DLF owns most part of Cyber City and a majority of the land on this stretch. According to the modified proposal, the 6.1km elevated corridor will have six stations — Sikanderpur, DLF-II, Belvedere Tower, DLF-III, Gateway Tower touching NH-8 and Mall of India — which government officials claim would serve the ‘‘purpose of the new mode of public transport’’. All the platforms will have special screen doors and even dead-ends of the platforms would have glass screens. These doors will separate the platform from the track to prevent accidents and also permit higher arrival and departure speeds for trains. Besides, it would also increase the service frequency significantly. The initial frequency of trains with three coaches would be three minutes and each coach would have a capacity of 300 passengers. While the average speed would be 30kmph, the maximum speed is 80kmph. The design of the train is yet to be decided, but sources said it would be a medium Metro. A standard fare — of Rs 10 — has been fixed for the entire stretch. Haryana government sources said the consortium would pay Rs 765 crore to HUDA as connectivity charges over the next 35 years. It will also pay a certain percentage — in the range of 5-10% — of the revenue earnings from advertisement rights and property development to HUDA. The government is yet to hand over the letter of intent to the consortium.