Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 56

Article | 57 Metro expansion in 50-million conurbation Delhi An extension of the dual-track metro line by approximately seven kilometres and five stations connected the IT industrial park in Gurugram (also known as Cyber City) to Delhi’s metro system and the Southern part of Gurugram. Since the metro in Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon) runs as an elevated metro throughout, it does not require any extra land in the densely populated region. Between 2011 and 2017 the city’s population increased from 1.5 million to 2.6 million inhabitants. Gurugram has grown into an industrial and financial centre and, with per-capita income that ranks 3rd in the country, it is one of India’s most prosperous cities. Gurugram is located in the NCR, which also encompasses Delhi, and boasts a population of around 50 million people. The urbanisation rate of this region exceeds 60 per cent, so that expanding public transport is a key task of city planners. The financing from KfW IPEX-Bank helps support the metro expansion while also protecting the climate and the environment in a highly populated region. The new metro section has been in operation since March 2017 and is running virtually snag free since commencement of its operation. A further extension of the metro line is currently under consideration. Image Credits : KfW IPEX Bank www.railanalysis.com www.railanalysis.com