The system provides a quick link with the Delhi Metro
Gurgaon is a city with a population of approximately 200,000 situated on the south-west outskirts of New Delhi, along the NH8 motorway. It could be called a satellite city of the federal capital of India with which, of course, it has very close social and economic relations. Tens of thousands of people travel to and from the capital every day to get to work. This is one of the main reasons behind the creation, now almost complete, of a metro rail system serving one of the most developed areas, Cyber City, and with a functional connection to the Delhi Metro Yellow Line at Sikanderpur station.
The job of designing, building and running the metro, which is therefore the first fully privately owned metro in India, was awarded to IL&FS Rail which belongs to the IL&FS Group (Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited), one of the country’s leading companies.
We met Mr. Sanjiv Rai, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IL&FS Rail who revealed to us some of the salient aspects of this project which became fully operative in recent weeks when it launched its services for passengers.
Railway Engineering: Mr. Rai, first of all can you tell us something about IL&FS and its role in Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon Ltd.?
Sanijv Rai: The IL&FS Group is a privately owned company. Its mission is to invest in, develop and manage infrastructures in all sectors. The Group operates in the road, rail and water sectors, not to mention waste disposal management, energy, real estate, technology and education as well as other fields. What’s more, it manages funds which are dedicated specifically to the infrastructure industry. IL&FS Group also has three listed companies.
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