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Old March 26th, 2011, 06:27 PM   #261
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I will guarantee that this metro will be ready by dead line, as IR said pillar are already up..... I will post few pics once back to ggn from DLF city
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Also since it's a small line, chances of delays, protests, etc are also lesser.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:17 PM   #263
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yes compare to other metro system, its really small but will help lots of office going people...
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Old March 31st, 2011, 02:23 PM   #264
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The detailed route map for the 6.1-km Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon, accessed by Newsline on Tuesday, shows it charting a course from the existing Sikanderpur Metro station (connecting Delhi) to DLF Phase-II, Belvedere Towers, Gateway Towers, Mall of India, DLF Phase-III, before reconnecting with DLF Phase-II.
The Rapid Metro project is being developed under a Public-Private Partnership with the Government of Haryana. The contract for the project was awarded to a consortium of IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL) and ITNL Enso Rail Systems Ltd (IERS), in partnership with DLF Metro Ltd in July 2009. Work was to be completed in 30 months.

At Sikanderpur, separate Rapid Metro tracks will run below the DMRC line, before turning left to Vishwakarma Marg. From there, the Metro will proceed to Phase-II.

Making life simpler for office-goers, the rail will cross the workstation hub at Belvedere Tower Building 10, before moving along NH-8 crossing till Gateway Towers. The Metro station at the Gateway Towers will also cater to those headed to Udyog Vihar.

According to officials, the rail will move along NH-8 till Moulsari Avenue, near the Mall of India — this will cater to the residents of U-Block. The route will go via the Bund Road crossing of DLF SEZ area, before reaching DLF Phase-III.

“While the initial plan was for 3.1 km of double lines, we took it beyond with single lines so that residents, office-goers and visitors to malls could benefit,” said Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, spokesperson for Rapid Metro.

The Metro stations can also be used as foot-overbridges as the paid and non-paid areas will be separate, officials added.

A common ticketing system, for Rapid Metro and Delhi Metro will mean commuters do not have to buy tickets while switching between the two.

Officials said the frequency of the trains will be synchronized with the Delhi Metro to facilitate passengers. The total cost of the project is Rs 1,088 crore.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 02:31 PM   #265
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The country's first private Metro has decided to build sleek stations in Gurgaon. For one thing, land prices have skyrocketed. For another, there is a paucity of space. The Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Ltd (RMGL) has released models of three stations that will be constructed between Sikanderpur and Gateway Tower.

The Rapid Metro Rail Corridor (RMRC) will have six stations — Sikanderpur, DLF Phase-II, Belvedere Tower, Gateway Tower, Mall of India and DLF phase-III.

An RMGL official said the stations will be sleek and oval-shaped and will be similar to state-of-the-art elevated Metro stations across the world.

Company spokesperson Sarvesh K Tiwari said, "Instead of using galvanized sheets for the roofs, we make use of fire and weather-resistant roofing. Furthermore, the membrane in these roofs will filter ultra-violet and infra-red rays and will allow cool light to come in, which will help in reducing temperatures in summer."

Tiwari said the areas on the periphery of the stations would be open throughout the day for use by pedestrians. "The stations will be designed to appeal to young people as the RMRC passes through Cyber City, the hub of IT and ITeS companies," he said.

The spokesperson said the DLF-II station will have platforms on both the sides.

The concourse level will accommodate facilities like ticketing, exit-entry gates, power distribution room, signal and telecommunication room, station control/station master's room, etc. "This has been done to minimize the need for land," he said.

The Rapid Metro project was hanging fire for a couple of years due to a delay in the obtaining of clearances from the Union and Haryana governments. The new deadline for starting operations is 2013.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 03:19 PM   #266
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KuwarOnline thanks for the pic.'s. Keep it up brother!

Much say here is based on past metro projects. The relevant metros are Singapore, Dubai and others in S.East Asia like Bangkok, KL, Jakarta ... maybe China, in China PEST issues are un-real. The Communists own all land, and ALL power.

Abhishek, your interest and 'gyan' is good, are there many urban transportation courses in India. Maybe at a few IIT's. On a side note, India needs Indian Institutes of Infrastructure along the lines of the IIT's.

Having worked for some of the world's biggest infrastructure Co.'s, I can tell you directly that profit, corruption and local politics have real impact on projects. Mgmt. is savvy to the ebb-&-flow of the eco-system. So, if DMRC is 'public' funded, it will be high cost and user friendly. If GM is even nominally private, it will be profit motivated AND user friendly.

The tech. feasibility, project mgmt., engg. analysis and financial reports are all subject to the manufacturer's cartel. Notice there aren't that many metro train makers, and that's where the real metro game is, Globally. Otherwise, rail tech., like much transportation tech., is over 100 yrs. old, it's not that complicated you know. Same with auto and aviation ... I'm talking about the tech. Shipping, Canals, Tram's, etc. are much older. Horses and camels are outdated, but we still have rickshaws in our cities

On a personal note, my folks live in Janakpuri and my Sis lives in Gurgaon - DM line III and GM airport & Dwarka link, and Dwarka to N. Delhi link, the best lines by far, are personally needed, exciting & gratifying.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 07:11 PM   #267
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Gurgaon Rapid Metro has 2013 deadline

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The first phase will begin with a small section of 6.1 km with six stations

The Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL), the first privately owned public transport system being constructed by Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services, has adopted environmentally safe practices for construction and operation of the line.

The Rs.1,088-crore project has the year 2013 as deadline, and is likely to bring down vehicular pollution in Gurgaon city, according to official sources.

RMGL media head Sarvesh Tiwari said: “The company is determined to adopt environmental friendly construction practices, striking a balance between preventing ecological degradation and minimising inconvenience to the public. The environmental practices adopted by the company will highlight the organisation's commitment to promote environmental conservation and its efforts to create environmental awareness among RMGL employees, contractors and metro users.”

The project is registered with the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and Ministry of Environment and Forest for consideration of carbon credits. Among the steps taken to ensure that a ride on the Gurgaon metro is eco-friendly are air quality control, dust control, solid waste management, noise control, water management and afforestation.

The construction of RMGL has been planned to conform to national and State ambient air quality (AAQ) standards which will be ensured through periodic checks. Construction plants and equipment will be maintained and operated to meet recognised international emission standards.

Expected ridership

The air pollution load is calculated and monitored through parameters like suspended particle matter, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Emissions from transportation will also be controlled.

The project has a planned emission reduction of about 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Ridership in the first year is expected to be more than 1.5 lakh, thereby easing road congestion, reducing road traffic and improving air quality in Gurgaon city.

A waste management plan has also been put in place to reduce construction spoils. Waste will be segregated and stored at the construction sites and sent to authorised recyclers.

In order to keep noise levels in check, a site-specific noise-monitoring control plan has been put in place. For the train corridors, a track structure without ballast is supported on two layers of rubber pads to reduce noise and vibrations. In addition, wall-to-ceiling (baffle wall) structures for parapets have been constructed up to rail level to reduce sound levels.

The project is also ensuring that waste water, collected through a temporary drainage system from the construction sites, is well used. Water obtained from dewatering systems installed in the works is re-used during construction or discharged into drainage. Adequate sanitary facilities and appropriate refuse collection and disposal systems are also being maintained.

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To prevent deforestation during construction, a manual count of the existing trees for every section is being carried out, and will be adequately compensated for. Dust screens and hoardings along the construction area and regular water sprinkling during material movement are also being carried to control suspended dust particles.

The first phase of the Gurgaon metro will begin with a small section of 6.1 km with six stations between Sikanderpur and DLF Phase- 3.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 09:15 AM   #268
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Thumbs up Rapid Metro route to be extended by 14km

GURGAON: In the coming few years, commuting from Delhi to Gurgaon is likely to become much easier.

The first private Metro has plans to extend its under-construction 6km corridor to 20km. It would touch Sector 55 and 56 in new Gurgaon and would stretch up to old NH-8 (old Delhi road).
A feasibility study is underway to extend the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Ltd (RMGL), formerly known as DLF Metro, from Sikanderpur to Sector 55 and 56 along the Golf Course Road. This corridor could be about 7 km and there would be extension of about another 7 km from Gateway Tower, on the other side of the expressway. RMGL spokesman Sarvesh K Tiwari said that they are hopeful of extending the line to cater to future needs. The first phase of Rapid Metro, from Sikanderpur to Gateway Tower on expressway, is likely to be operational in 2013.

Sources said that the RMGL is also in talks with the DLF to integrate the transport planning for Golf Course road. DLF is likely to undertake the widening of Golf Course road with less than 50% funding from the HUDA. Sources said that the RMGL has asked DLF to work out the Golf Course road extension in a manner which would not come in the way of future extension of the Rapid Metro. They added that getting land for the construction of the proposed corridor wont be a major problem, considering the space available along the Golf Course road.

Though the present extension of Delhi Metro to HUDA City Centre has come as a big relief for commuters, residents of both old city and most parts of new Gurgaon have been demanding that its route be extended further so that it connects more residential and commercial zones.

If extended, the Rapid Metro could work as a feeder Metro for thousands of commuters travelling between Delhi and Gurgaon, said Sudhir Kapoor, secretary general of DLF City RWA.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 08:03 AM   #269
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Old April 6th, 2011, 02:10 AM   #270
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Thumbs up What a sea change...

Building the Ggaon Metro System in approx 2 years Flat from scratch is such a huge contrast to the origins of India's Metro Dream in Calcutta 3 decades ago... Surely a Bright sign of how the country has moved on ever since..

Indiaaaaaaaa.... India!
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Old April 14th, 2011, 06:50 AM   #271
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Thumbs up Rapid Metro on right track

Construction work for the Rapid Metro link which will connect Sikanderpur metro station to Cyber City, DLF phases 2 and 3, and the NH8 is right on track. According to officials, the overall project is already 25 per cent complete; and with the preliminaries almost over, the construction work is all set to enter its second phase this year.

In what will be the countrys first privately built and privately run project, work on the Rapid Metro began in 2009 and the first month of 2013 has been set as the target for completion.

The primary stages of construction work are the relatively difficult ones, and we are done with those stages, said Sarvesh Tiwari, the spokesperson for Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Ltd.

According to a recent survey, more than providing better connectivity and allowing commuters to travel in comfort, the environment-friendly transit service will help reduce Gurgaons traffic clutter by a large margin. We are expecting a ridership of 1.5 lakh per day. According to research, this will ensure that at least 75,000 cars go off Gurgaons roads, said Tiwari, adding that the Rapid Metro is expected to help reduce approximately 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air, which will translate to heavy carbon credit for the private firm.

The Rapid Metro route will cover a distance of 6.1km, starting from the southern side of Sikanderpur Metro station and going all the way to DLF phase 3, covering four more stations en route. The station structures will also become visible in no more than a years time, said Tiwari.[ Four of the six Metro stations are being constructed in the middle of various roads, and will double up as foot-over-bridges (FOB). Gurgaon doesnt have many FOBs. So these stations will also act as FOBs. Commuters will be able to cross-over without having to enter the paid enclosure, he said, adding that the overbridge crossing would remain open 24 hours a day.

The construction of supporting pillars near Sikanderpur, Cyber City and other areas lying on the Rapid Metro route, is also expected to be complete within the next 6 to 8 months. We will work day and night to ensure that the work on busy stretches is completed first, said Tiwari, adding that the traffic flow will become smoother on these stretches once the pier construction is finished.

The Rapid Metro ticketing system is also being synchronized with the DMRC system, so that commuters from Delhi can directly switch to the rapid link without having to stand in ticket queues.
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I'm REALLY curious to see how this thing will impact the enormous traffic that flows into Gurgaon!! Out of 1.5 lakh travellers - even if half are car drivers - which would mean 50000-75000 cars are off the roads? This being a conservative estimate!
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Old April 16th, 2011, 08:22 AM   #274
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that would be huge relief ....especially metro moving to CyberCity will reduce the traffic in volumes ...very much sure about it..just waiting for it to come up and knowing DLF and Gurgaon Style it will be something unique and stylish....
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Old April 20th, 2011, 06:53 AM   #275
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With IMG Reliance being brought on board as consultants for naming rights of the Rapid Metro Rail in Gurgaon, the new marketing tool is set to take off in the country.

The Rapid Metrorail Corridor in Gurgaon, which will be completed by 2013, is looking at branding the station names, which means these stations could be called by the brand and not just by the name of the place. For instance, if Airtel, LG, or Samsung bag the rights for these stations, it will be called an Airtel station or a LG stations or a Samsung station.

On offer for brands at the Rapid Metro in Gurgaon thus, are full naming rights for the RMGL Line which will have a minimum term period of 10 years. Therefore, the line will be known as ‘Brand name’ Line.

The Rapid Metro Rail Corridor (RMRC) will have six stations - Sikanderpur, DLF Phase-II, Belvedere Towers, Gateway Tower, Mall of India, and DLF Phase-III. Of these, three stations (Sikanderpur, DLF Phase-II and Gateway Tower) will be sold with full naming rights (for example, 'Brand name' station), and the remaining three stations will be sold with semi-naming rights ('Brand name' at Belvedere Towers or 'Brand name' at DLF Phase III). The right for the same will awarded for a period of 10 years.

For this, Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) has hired IMG Reliance (a joint venture between IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media business group, and Reliance Industries that was formed in 2010) to become its sole non-fare revenue consultant for the Rapid Metro Rail in Gurgaon. The agency will handle all aspects from concept development to project completion and will be responsible for servicing deals over the term.

Also of the five trains that will run on these routes, four trains will be sold with full naming rights ('Brand name' train), which will have a minimum term period of three years. The fifth train on the network will not be sold, but will be dedicated to socially responsible initiatives, in line with RMGL's focus of being a responsible public service for the community.

As the network is still in the 'build' stage, brands that acquire rights will be able to contribute to the look and feel of how infrastructure is built. Corporate colour schemes and the look and feel of a brand can be integrated into the construction.

The process for the purchase of rights is through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP), which is available on the Rapid Metro Rail site (www.rapidmetrorail.com). IMG Reliance has invited bids for assets that will be accepted between April 25-May 23, 2011. The bids will be opened after May 23.

Sanjiv Rai, managing director and chief executive officer, Rapid Metro, says, "Rapid Metro will be state-of-the-art in all respects. As a commercial rights holder, we aim to provide a unique marketing platform for our partners and we will work with them to maximise return on marketing objectives for the long term."

When it comes to the project size and costs, while IMG Reliance chose not to divulge these details just yet, it informs that the objective is to significantly improve upon the revenues that would normally be raised through traditional commercial structures for public transport networks (advertising and retail).

Internationally, IMG has also worked, and in some cases, is currently working on, metros in Dubai (Roads and Transport Authority or RTA), the Paris Metro, Madrid
Metro and Metro C in Rome. Other cities such as Chicago, San Diego and Boston in the US, and Toronto and Montreal in Canada are also trying the same route.

Such branding opportunities are not restricted solely to the metro stations. In London, a stadium is branded as Emirates Stadium, the rights for which were bought for 100 million pounds, for a 15-year period. Similarly, Barclays Bank has the naming rights to a sports and entertainment arena, now known as the Barclays Center, in New York, USA, which it procured for $ 400 million for 20 years.

Back home, the Sahara Group has obtained rights for the upcoming international stadium at Gahunje in Pune and it is now called the 'Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium' after its founder. Its naming rights package in perpetuity has been acquired for Rs 203 crore.

Discussing the potential of naming rights as a marketing platform, an IMG Reliance spokesperson says, "Naming rights is set to emerge as one of the most powerful and effective platforms for branding opportunities. It gives brands the chance to interact regularly with a significant set of the target audience as marketing becomes more experiential."

The company points out that naming rights is quite different from advertising. The main difference is that while naming rights offers a long-term investment, advertising offers only short to medium term investments. Also, with naming rights, clear investment expenses are known from Day One, that is, it allows for fixed costs, whereas with outdoor advertising, the expense fluctuates as per the market.

It also allows a brand permanent presence in an area or asset with the company brand name and logo firmly integrated, and becoming a key component of a public asset within a community. Advertising offers variable presence, and the ability to continue or increase advertising presence is not guaranteed.

The metro project, currently under construction and scheduled to be completed and operational by 2013, was awarded by the Haryana Government to the consortium company of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) and DLF in mid-2009. This is India's first privately operated metro project, and is expected to cost more than US$200 million.
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So after 10 years they have to change the name of the station? Will it confuse the public?
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they really know how to mint money out of it ..

as long as it keeps the tickets cost low (flat rate of rs 10) .. its all good
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any pic update for gurgaon metro project or any map for the proposed extension. thanks
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Skywalks to connect Metro stations to offices

GURGAON: Reaching a Metro station in Gurgaon is going to become easier thanks to the Rapid Metro. The developer of the country's first ever private Metro in Gurgaon has announced to build skywalks to connect offices and commercial complexes to its stations wherever feasible.

"We will build skywalks in a fashion that they can be accessed not only by occupants of the specific building but also by outsiders. Also, the stations for this last mile feeder line have been planned keeping in mind that pedestrians can use them as foot overbridges without having to enter the paid area," said Sanjiv Rai, managing director of Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Ltd.

If commuters have to look for feeder services like autos and buses to reach Metro stations, the purpose of such a service is defeated. "Hence we thought of bringing the stations to their doorsteps," Rai said.

The private players have also submitted a feasibility study for expansion of the Rapid Metro (formerly known as DLF Metro) line upto Sector-56 in south and Udyog Vihar in the north side. However, the exact route is yet to be decided.

"By the time the state government starts the tendering process for future extension, it might take at least one year," said Rai.

In yet another initiative to ensure that the operation of this private Metro does not add to the noise pollution, the company will install specially designed sound barriers along the stretch. It has also proposed to weld the entire route of railway track to reduce noise.

Unlike the additional noise generated by Delhi Metro rail especially during turns, the private Metro plans to use a technology called wheel flange lubrication where the front wheel of the Metro coach will spray a lubricant before a turn.

Each train will have three coaches with a capacity of 300 commuters per coach. Depending on the volume of commuters, the frequency can be anywhere between 4 minutes and 90 seconds.

"The system will be automatic but a driver will be there to supervise the operation of each train. The only time when there will be on complete automation is when the train is crossing over the line after the last station," added the MD.
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