The Haryana government has signed an agreement with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for running the Gurugram Rapid Metro for two months. Senior officials of the Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC) and the DMRC, confirmed this development.
- Two separate pleas regarding the closure of Gurugram private metro was being heard in Punjab and Haryana high court that resulted in the Haryana government inking the pact with DMRC.
- “This will allow the DMRC to run the Rapid Metro for two months, an official said.
- D Suresh, Managing Director, HMRTC, and chief administrator, Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), said, we make arrangements to run it independently.
- The DMRC will not run the Rapid Metro in the long-term.
- The DMRC was prepared to take over operations by September 22, the official added.
- IL&FS also told the court on Tuesday that it would be willing to continue operating the Rapid Metro, provided the Haryana government settled the project’s outstanding debt.
- However, the Haryana government would not agree to any payment terms without first conducting a forensic audit of Rapid Metro Gurugram Limited (and Rapid Metro Gurugram South Limited), it stated.
- The Haryana government is planning to extend metro services to older parts of the city and Faridabad.
- In both these routes, the Rapid Metro is seen as a focal point where expansion will be commenced.