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12 Dec 2018, 22:09 HRS IST
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  • Second phase of Gurgaon's Rapid Metro launched

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21:50 HRS IST

Gurgaon, Mar 31 (PTI) The second phase of Rapid Metro was launched today, bringing areas of south Gurgaon under the fold of the mass rapid transit network.

This phase of the country's first fully privately funded metro will cover a distance of 6.6 km from Sikandarpur metro station, that is connected to the yellow line of Delhi Metro, to sector 56, also known as south extension.

"Rapid Metro Phase II will not only address the transportation needs of those who have their offices located on the Golf Course Road, South Gurugram but large residential societies in the area as well.

"It will be open to commuters from around 6 AM till midnight. Seven trains with a frequency of four minutes (during peak hours) will be running between Sikanderpur and Sector 55-56 station," an official of the network said.

It will have six stations - Sikandarpur, DLF Phase 1, sector 42-43, sector 53-54, 54 Chowk and sector 56.

However, sector 42-43 and sector 53-54 metro stations have not been opened for the commuters as some finishing work is left, a spokesperson said, adding the said stations will be opened soon.

The total cost of the project was Rs 2,423 crore. Its construction was started in November 2013 and was supposed to complete by March 2015.

The first phase of Rapid Metro having total length of 5.1 km is already operational in Cyber City, Gurgaon's commercial hub.

With the inauguration, Rapid Metro now have 11 stations covering a total distance of 11.7 km which can be travelled in 22 minutes. The trains will be available at the frequency of 4 minutes.

Rapid Metro has fixed Rs 20 for the ride between Sikandarpur junction and sector 56 station but if anyone travel in the territories of first phase, they have to pay Rs 35.

The company sources however said that the company keeps in mind of higher paying capacities of resident living in the region.

MD and CEO of IL&FS, which runs Rapid Metro, Rajiv Banga said, "The second phase will provide easy and convenient mode of transport to the residents of new Gurugram."

He said mass transit system is the need of the hour which would eventually reduce traffic and pollution level in the city.

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