Saturday, June 27, 2009

Qutub Minar-Gurgaon metro rail link gets boost

NEW DELHI: The metro rail link from Qutub Minar to Gurgaon is expected to be operational before the Commonwealth Games next year with the 

government on Thursday approving transfer of a stretch of defence land to the DelhiMetro Rail Corporation (DMRC). 

A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its nod to transfer 2929 square metres of air force land at Arjangarh to the DMRC for the purpose. 

"By virtue of the transfer of land, the nation will have a metro rail system network from Qutub Minar to Gurgaon before the Commonwealth Games," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said. 

The transfer of land would take place at an inter-departmental rate of Rs 22 lakh per acre and the DMRC would recreate the IAF assets at an alternate site, she said. 

Noting that there was heavy traffic congestion on this route, Soni said the people of Delhi, Haryana and the National Capital Region would benefit from the project. 

She said the DMRC has been considering this route for "quite some time" and has already started the preliminary stages of work. The metro link route was earlier facing problems with the Archaeological Survey of India, which has now been sorted out.

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