The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken over the operations of the Rapid Metro Link, Gurugram from Tuesday night. Services on the 11.6 km corridor, developed by Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) and Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon South Limited (RMGSL), will continue to operate as per the normal time table as earlier."The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will take over the operations and maintenance of the Rapid Metro Link at Gurugram from tonight, 22 October 2019," DMRC tweeted.
The earlier concessionaire RMGL had expressed its inability to run the metro in Gurugram due to low footfall and high expenditure.
According to the release, the DMRC has provided adequate staff to ensure that the commuters are not affected and the services continue smoothly.
DMRC is committed to providing the best possible services. Therefore adequate staff have already been deployed to maintain a smooth and trouble-free transition of service, a press release by the DMRC read.
With this move, the operational metro network has now become 389 kilometres with 285 stations in total. "With the takeover of operations of Rapid Metro, the total operational metro network Delhi and NCR has now become 389 KM with 285 stations which includes the NOIDA-Greater NOIDA corridor," DMRC tweeted.
After the takeover of Gurugram Rapid Metro link by Delhi Metro, the stations which will now come under the DMRC include, Sector 55-56, Sector 54 Chowk, Sector 53-54, Sector 42-43, Phase -1, Sikanderpur, Phase-2, Phase-3, Moulsari Avenue, IndusInd Bank Cybercity, Vodafone Velvedere Towers.
The train services on the corridor start at 6 a.m. from Sector 55-56 and Sikenderpur stations with a frequency of 4.30 minutes during morning peak hours and 5.15 minutes during evening peak hours. The last revenue train service departs at 10 p.m. from Sector 55-56.
The rapid metro was constructed by IL&FS Infrastructure in two phases. In the first phase, the company built 5.1 km elevated track, connecting National Highway No 8 at Shankar Chowk to Sikandarpur DMRC station, covering 6 stations.
Built in three years at a cost of ₹1,450 crore, the service was opened for public in November 2013.
In another news, for an easy interchange between green and pink lines, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is constructing a walkway of 230 metres connecting green line and pink line.