Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will formally inaugurate the Rapid Metro from Sikanderpur metro station on 15 December 2013. All the arrangements were reviewed by deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi, accompanied by Sanjiv Rai, MD and CEO of IL&FS Rail Limited for the occasion.
Sikanderpur metro station has been chosen as the place of inauguration because it's this metro station, which connects Rapid Metro to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) via sky-walk. Though the inauguration is still a week away, Rapid Metro has been commercially running from 14th of November. The formal inauguration was delayed because the chief minister was engaged with the election work, as reported by The Times of India.
The Rapid Metro in Gurgaon was already running behind schedule as it had to be inaugurated in March itself. The 1,100 crore project is an initiative by the Govt. of Haryana to make travel hassle- free for commuters and to ease the traffic congestion on NH- 8. Apart from this it has been stated that 90,000 tonnes carbon emissions would be reduced from the city's atmosphere due to the metro.
The first phase of the Rapid Metro, which consists of six stations namely Sikanderpur, Phase-II, Belvedere Park, Cyber City, Moulsari Avenue and Phase-III, while the second phase is already in the pipeline. The three coach Rapid Metro is eligible to carry 800 passengers. One lakh commuters are expected to travel everyday in the first year itself.
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