The loss-making Gurugram Rapid Metro Rail service has been handed over to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, but only the DMRC will run it until the Rapid Metro Rail service provider runs it. However, the company has conditioned to conduct a forensic audit of the project. Agreeing on this, the Haryana government said that it does not object to the CAG being audited.
During the hearing on Wednesday, it was told that many irregularities have come out in this entire project. Other central investigative agencies including its ED have started an investigation. The Rapid Metro Rail Service Provider Company, which was intent on discontinuing the project till now, said that it may take about a month to do the audit and takeover.
Significantly, just as the Delhi Metro has become the lifeline of the NCR, the lifeline of the new Gurugram is a rapid metro. About 60,000 passengers travel daily through the Rapid Metro. Obviously, people will be very upset if the operation of the Rapid Metro comes to a standstill.
Here, let us tell you that Rapid Metro is a metro system operated in Gurugram city of Haryana. The system provides interchange with the Yellow Line of Delhi Metro at Sikanderpur Metro Station. The total length of the Rapid Metro is 11.7 km. There are a total of 11 stations on this route. Standard gauge tracks are used throughout the metro system and are fully elevated. The rapid metro connects commercial areas of Gurugram. Also, serves as a feeder link for the Delhi Metro.
This metro system, built and operated by Rapid Metro Gurgaon Limited (RMGL), is the first such system in the world, fully funded by private sources. That is to say, there is no investment in this venture from the central government, the Haryana government or any public sector undertaking. Rapid metro services start daily from 6 am to 12 pm. All trains have three coaches.