The last mile was always a hurdle in Gurgaon. From Thursday, the Rapid Metro will 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 the Haryana Urban Development Authority and built at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore. The drivers were trained by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation staff. 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 that of 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 charges a flat fare of Rs 12. A clearinghouse system 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.
FARE : 12 flat rate; ticketing in sync with Delhi Metro
STARTING POINT : Sikanderpur (skywalk to interchange from Delhi Metro)
FIRST TRAIN : From Sikanderpur at 6.05am starting Thursday. Last train at 12.20am
FREQUENCY : 2-4 minutes
TIME : 13 minutes to complete 5.1 km loop
SAFETY : CCTVs in rakes, platforms
SPEED : 30 kmph (avg), 80kmph (maximum)
STATIONS : 6 (Sikanderpur, DLF phase II, Belvedere Towers, Gateway Tower (still under construction), Moulsari Avenue, DLF phase III)