Improved Public Transport: Haryana Metro’s Ambitious Expansion Begins


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    Haryana’s principal secretary and HMRTC chairman, Sanjeev Kaushal, unveiled the commencement of groundwork for the eagerly awaited metro extension from Ballabgarh to Palwal. This substantial expansion endeavor aims to cover a distance of 25 km, promising substantial enhancements to the state’s public transportation infrastructure. During the 53rd assembly of the HMRTC Board of Directors held in Chandigarh, Sanjeev Kaushal stressed the significance of this expansion as a pivotal milestone in elevating public transportation in Haryana.

    The project’s value lies in its potential to serve as a litmus test for the state government. After inspecting the proposed metro extension’s alignment on June 27, a team consisting of officers from RITES and HMRTC disclosed that the entire corridor would feature 10 provisional stations along the route. Simultaneously, the Palwal Deputy Commissioner has been entrusted with the task of formulating a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the area, aiming to provide an integrated and sustainable mobility approach.

    The Ballabgarh-Palwal Metro Extension project, valued at Rs 5,452.72 crore, will be overseen by HMRTC, a 50-50 joint venture between the Union and State governments. The project encompasses a span of 28.50 kilometers and is expected to encompass up to 27 stations. The authorities have set a deadline of four years from the date of approval for completing the project.

    Earlier this year, the Centre granted approval for another significant metro connectivity project in Haryana. This endeavor will link Gurugram’s Millennium City Centre to Cyber City, with an extension to the Dwarka Motorway. Sanjeev Kaushal has instructed HMRTC officers to undertake a comprehensive scientific evaluation at metro stations to determine suitable locations for parking facilities and collect valuable feedback from passengers. The objective is to formulate measures that will boost ridership on the metro. The Chairman underscored the need for a meticulous assessment that incorporates inputs from all stakeholders, including commuters, passengers, and local residents.

    To facilitate seamless communication with passengers, HMRTC will establish dedicated social media channels to effectively gather and address passenger comments and opinions. With groundwork now in progress, Haryana is embarking on a new era of enhanced public transportation, and the Ballabgarh-Palwal Metro Extension project is expected to play a pivotal role in achieving this objective. As the state government and HMRTC collaborate on this ambitious endeavor, it is hoped that it will serve as a precedent for future metro expansions, significantly benefiting the people of Haryana.

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