The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is optimistic that with the opening of the stretch between Qutub Minar and HUDA City Centre (Gurgaon) there will be a sharp rise in the number of visitors to the monument.

The corridor is expected to open to public by June. A DMRC spokesperson said the Qutub Minar metro station will give an impetus to the area around Qutub Minar once the 14.47 km long corridor is opened.

?As this station is going to be connected from the Central Secretariat metro station on the one side and HUDA City Centre Metro Station (Gurgaon) on the other, it is expected that more than three lakh passengers, that also includes the inflow of domestic as well as international tourists from both the directions, will use the Metro daily by 2011,? said the spokesperson.

The Union Ministry of Culture has recently stated that Qutub Minar is the second most preferred tourist destination after the Taj Mahal with a revenue earnings of Rs. 10.42 crore compared with about Rs. 15 crore earnings from the Taj Mahal in 2009.

DMRC official are hopeful that with a seamless connectivity, which will be provided by the metro, the revenue earnings of the monument is expected to get a major boost.

?Owing to its vicinity to the historical monuments, the Qutub Minar metro station has been modelled keeping the heritage monuments around in mind. The station itself has Dholpur stone-cladding on the exterior to give it a fa?ade similar to the historical era of the Qutub Minar?s exterior. Hand-made tiles are being used; clay and other earthy colours and tones have been given to the building to match it up with the local landscaping of the area,? the spokesperson said.

While the platform will be at the first floor, the concourse is being constructed on the ground floor. Part of the station structure rests on a rock while the other part will be elevated at a height of three meters above the road level. The fa?ade/frontage of the station has been camouflaged with the natural rock structure on which a part of the station rests.

?The Qutub Minar station that has been built over 11,000 sq metres of area has also earmarked 2,200 sq meters of parking space especially taking care of the parking requirements of the tourists/visitors visiting this monument,? the spokesperson added.

Once the entire 27 km long Central Secretariat-Gurgaon corridor is opened for the public, it will form an about 45-km-long metro corridor connecting North Delhi (Jehangirpuri), South Delhi, and Gurgaon (HUDA City Centre) within a span of just 90 minutes from one end to the other end.

DMRC is planning to run a fleet of 60 trains on this line with a frequency as high as three minutes for passenger convenience.

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