New metro corridor on cards, to link Delhi and Jhajjar via Gurugram

New Metro Corridor On Cards, to Link Delhi and Jhajjar via Gurugram

The Jhajjar campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) could get connected to Delhi via a new metro line passing through Gurugram.The new route, which is at concept stage, will start from Dwarka Sector 21 metro station and pass through Dwarka Expressway to reach Badsa in Jhajjar.

The Jhajjar campus of AIIMS will house India’s largest cancer institute — the National Cancer Institute (NCI) — and metro connectivity is expected to ease movement of patients. On Wednesday, the first field inspection was conducted to identify route alignment of the project.

The Haryana government, along with DMRC, will conduct traffic and technical feasibility surveys before preparing a detail project report (DPR). The cost of the project is expected to be shared by the state and Union governments. It may take a few years for work on this project to start.

On Wednesday, a team of officials conducted the first field inspection. The team, headed by HSVP administrator Chandrashekhar Khare, comprised Nadim Akhtar, who is the advisor for Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC) Ltd as well as the DTCP chief town planner (CTP), DMRC advisor Aniruddh Jain, Gurugram district town planner (DTP) R S Batth, superintendent engineer Satbir Dahiya and executive engineer Anil Kumar, both of HSVP.

They assembled at Dwarka Sector 21 metro station at around 9.30am for the inspection, from where they went to Badsa in Jhajjar via Dwarka Expressway and Dhankot, checking the 23km-long route for availability of land and obstacles. “The project is at concept stage. Today we conducted the first field inspection,” said Khare, adding that before a DPR is prepared, the government will conduct a traffic survey to determine the expected traffic, besides technical and financial viability surveys.

The Gurugram DTP said the route is expected to go along existing roads either on ground or above it. “Obstacles and challenges would be identified at a later stage,” said Batth, adding the route will also cross the Gurugram Water Canal at some place.

Hundreds of residential and commercial projects are coming up along Dwarka Expressway, with the large numbers of people who will move into new sectors expected to benefit from the metro line. According to sources, there are enough green belts and land along Dwarka Expressway for the route, though it may face land hurdles in Delhi and along Jhajjar road, neither of which has green belts.

On June 24, 2018, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in the presence of PM Modi, had proposed the metro route connecting Dwarka to AIIMS Jhajjar while inaugurating the Bahadurgarh metro route. The foundation stone for the 710-bed AIIMS Jhajjar was laid by the previous prime minister, Manmohan Singh, on January 3, 2014. In December 2018, the hospital’s OPD facility was inaugurated. The hospital is expected to be fully operational by December 2020.

23 km Metro RouteSource : TOI

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