By Sweta Dutta www.indianexpress.com
The Delhi Metro in its final detailed project report for a direct link from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to Gurgaon has proposed an extension of the existing high speed Airport Metro line to HUDA City Center. A 12-km elevated corridor linking Gurgaon to the heart of the Capital via IGI Airport, in just 30 minutes, is being proposed as the most suitable link.
The report, slated to be submitted to the Haryana government next week, proposes a direct link from Dwarka Sector-21 to HUDA City Center with two stops in between. While the entire corridor will be elevated, about 1.5-km of the corridor will be underground near the existing Dwarka Sector-21 station. The corridor is proposed to have stations at Palam Vihar and Maruti Udyog and will terminate at HUDA City Center, where it will be integrated with the existing Metro station for seamless travel. Officials said Palam Vihar with a significant residential population and Maruti Udyog being an important industrial centre were considered as suitable stops. Provision for yet another stop on the route will be made, which can be developed later if needed.
The line is expected to reduce travel time for commuters from Gurgaon to Delhi, taking just 30 minutes to reach Shivaji Stadium from HUDA City Center. Regular commuters from Gurgaon can also interchange at Dwarka Sector-21 and take connecting Metros to other parts of the city.