Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon

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Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL)
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Overview
Native name रैपिड मेट्रो रेल गुड़गांव
Owner Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Ltd. (RMGL)
Locale Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Transit type Metro
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 6
Daily ridership 32,000 (2014)[1]
Headquarters Ambience Corporate Towers, Ambience Island, NH 8, Gurgaon
Website www.rapidmetrogurgaon.com
Operation
Began operation 14 November 2013; 17 months ago (2013-11-14)
Number of vehicles 5
Train length 3 coaches
Headway 4 minutes
Technical
System length 5.1 km (3.2 mi)[2]
No. of tracks 2 (1.2 km)
1 (3.7 km)[3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge)[3]
Electrification 750 V, DC via third rail[4]
Average speed 35 km/h (22 mph)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)

Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (Raipiḍ Mēţrō Rēl Guḍ.agāṃv) is a metro system in the Indian city of Gurgaon, Haryana, linked with the Delhi Metro system's Yellow Line at Sikandarpur. Built and operated by Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL), the system is India's first fully privately financed metro.[5] It was built at a cost of nearly 11 billion (US$170 million) and construction was completed in 30 months. Originally planned to open in 2012, the first phase of the system opened on 14 November 2013.[6]

The project was initially conceived as a collaborative venture between real estate developer DLF and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, or IL&FS (a subsidiary of the Saudi Bin Laden group [7]). But DLF, facing financial problems, pulled out and IL&FS became the sole owner. It is the only privately funded public metro anywhere in the world.[citation needed] The venture thus does not have any investment by the central government, Haryana or any other public sector undertaking. Rapid Metro did not even get the 20 acres of land which it needed for the project at any concessional rate from the state.[8]

The metro system was the first in India to auction naming rights for its stations.[9] Presently, commuters at all 6 stations are provided with free Internet connectivity using WiFi.[10] The free WiFi service is being provided by telecom service provider MTS India. Commuters can get WiFi coupons at kiosks set up by MTS India in all Rapid Metro stations.

History[edit]

The line was originally tendered by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in 2007 as a point-to-point 3.2 km link between Sikanderpur and National Highway 8, but DLF wanted to expand it to provide connectivity to its Cyber City.[5][11] A new tender was issued in July 2008,[12] with the DLF-ILFS consortium emerging as the only bidder.[13] Rapid Metro is the first fully privately financed metro system in India.[14] The project is being implemented as a public-private partnership.[15] While HUDA initially objected to a private company making profit from public transport, an agreement was eventually reached for the consortium to pay HUDA 7.65 billion (US$121.4 million) over 35 years in "connectivity charges" as well as 5–10% of advertising and property development revenue.[3]

The contract for the 9 billion (US$142.9 million) project was awarded in July 2009, with completion scheduled in 30 months' time.[3] The foundation stone was laid on 11 August 2009.[16] The line will be built and operated by Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL), a consortium of real estate developer DLF and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS). DLF owns many properties near the stations while IL&FS is the majority stake holder in the JV.[5] On 21 April 2010, Siemens announced that it had been awarded a turnkey contract to build the metro line, including five 3-car metro trains.[17] The project cost 10.88 billion (US$172.7 million) as at Oct 2012.[18] ILFS has 74% equity and DLF has the remaining 26%.

Phase II[edit]

On 28 September 2008, the contract to build the second phase of the project was awarded to IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd and its subsidiary IL&FS Rail Ltd. The southward extension will be 6.5 km long and will extend from Sikanderpur to sector-56 in Gurgaon. There will be 6 stations on the extension and it will take 18 minutes to travel the entire route. Land for the project and right of way will be provided by HUDA.[19] The first phase of the metro was tested between Phase 2 and Phase 3 stations.[20]

Route[edit]

Phase I[edit]

Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon as part of the Delhi Metro rail network

Rapid Metro covers a distance of 5.1 km. The section between Sikanderpur and Phase 2 is double-tracked, while the remaining stations are served with a single-track loop.[3] Platforms are 75m in length.[21]

Sikanderpur station offers an interchange with Delhi Metro via a 90m x 9m walkway.[22] A depot is located between Micromax Moulsari Avenue and Phase 3 stations.

Stations
# Station Name Opening Connections Layout
1 Sikanderpur      Delhi Metro Yellow Line Elevated
2 Phase 2 14 November 2013 None
3 Vodafone Belvedere Towers 14 November 2013 None
4 IndusInd Bank Cyber City 7 May 2014 None
5 Micromax Moulsari Avenue 14 November 2013 None
6 Phase 3 14 November 2013 None

Phase II[edit]

Phase II will add seven kilometres of double track stretching south of Sikanderpur station along Golf Course Road, with 6 new stations. The construction work of Phase II will be completed by the end of 2015.[23][24]

Stations
# Station Name Opening Connections Layout
1 Phase 1 End 2015[23] None
2 Sushant Lok None
3 Sec. 42 Crossing None
4 Sector 54-53 None
5 AIT Chowk None
6 Sector 55–56 None

And further extend up to Sohna Road in phase IV (after phase III extension)

Infrastructure[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

On 21 April 2010, Siemens was awarded a turnkey contract to build the metro line, including five 3-car metro trains.[17] Siemens sub-contracted CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Works to build the 5 aluminium-bodied air-conditioned trains.[4] Each train with 3 coaches costs 300 million (US$4.8 million) and is silver and blue in colour.[25] The total length of a 3 coach train is 59.94 metres (196.7 ft). The coaches are 2.8 metres (9.2 ft) wide, have roof-mounted air conditioning and have 4 doors on each side of each coach.

Operations[edit]

System Outline[edit]

The system is fully elevated and operated automatically.[26] Because of the features, several articles in railway magazines define the system as Light Metro.[27][28][29]

Capacity and frequency[edit]

Trains will run from 06:35am – 12:20am.[30] Three-coach trains will operate at 4-minute intervals,[5] with a capacity of 800 approximately passengers per train.[31] The metro is designed to carry 24,000 passengers per hour.[2]

Speed[edit]

The trains will have a maximum speed of 80 km/h, but will operate at an average speed of 30 km/h.[5]

Fares[edit]

The metro will have a flat rate of 20 for the entire line.[32] Delhi Metro tokens and smart cards are accepted.[33] The automatic fare collection system is supplied by Thales Group.[34]

Security[edit]

Security in the Rapid Metro is being handled by Private Agencies, however there would be a dedicated Police Station at Sikanderpur Interchange Station. There would also be Women's Help Desk at every Station, while a Toll Free Helpline +91-124-2800028 for all passengers would be operational for 24 hours. CCTV Cameras would be used to monitor trains and stations.[citation needed]

Safety[edit]

For Passengers' Safety, there would be Emergency Stop Plungers[citation needed] at every Platform, while the Blue Light Station Feature[citation needed] would enable them to contact Control Room. A Press to Talk Button inside coaches would enable commuters to talk directly to the Driver.[35]

Expansion plans[edit]

There are proposals for a North Extension to Gurgaon Railway Station via udyog vihar and Atul kataria chowk to and an interchange with Maruti Udyog metro station of IGI-IFFCO Chowk airport express line as well as the Another Interchange with Branch line or feeder service line of same IGI-IFFCO Chowk airport express line(which originate from Palam vihar) and Gurgaon Bus Stand and also Gurgaon Railway Station. This line would benefit both old and new Gurgaon. The further expansion of rapid metro will be done in a Well planned manner which bifurcate or developed into a various line like delhi metro to cover the important section of Gurgaon Region like Sohna road(to an interchange with upcoming yellow line extension to manesar), Dwarka expressway(to an interchange with upcoming delhi metro line), Gurgaon-Faridabad road, Pataudi road, Farrukhnagar, Southern Pheripheral Road, Basai chowk, Sector along Dwarka Expressway, Manesar etc [36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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