Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
15-December-2011 18:09 IST
MoU Signed for Metro Link from Delhi’s Sikanderpur Station to NH-8 in Gurgaon
A Memorandum of Understanding for development of Metro Link from Delhi Metro’s Sikanderpur Station to NH-8 in Gurgaon was signed today by the authorized representatives of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Government of Haryana and Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited in the presence of Minister of Urban Development, Government of India Shri Kamal Nath and Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

M/s Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon with the approval of Government of India and Government of Haryana has undertaken the metro rail link of 5 km at a cost of Rs. 1088 crore from Delhi Metro’s Sikanderpur Metro Station to NH-8 ( Cyber City ) in Gurgaon. The designed capacity is for 2 lakh passengers a day. Commercial operation is scheduled from March 2013.

This is the first private initiative in India. Metro Railway is a Central subject under the Acts. For the first time, State Government is being authorized through a MoU mechanism to enter into a concession agreement with a private party with oversight mechanism, safety and standardization kept with the Central Government. This initiative is thus an unique model on the lines of authorizing State Govts to enter into concession agreement for National Highways by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).The concession agreement with the private party is for a lease period of 99 years. In the event of failure of the private party to commission or operate the system in future, the project would be taken over by the DMRC for implementation.

India is urbanizing rapidly. The urban population has increased from 285 million in 2001 to 400 million in 2011. India’s young age profile makes Indians ‘more mobile’, thereby adding further momentum to urbanization. To achieve the vision of creation of economically vibrant, inclusive, efficient and sustainable urban habitats, provision of safe, quick, reliable, comfortable, affordable and environment friendly urban public transport is of paramount importance. Among the various modes of public transport, Metro Rail is being given high priority by the Government of India.