Pragati or progress in any given socio-political circumstance is closely connected with the infrastructural enhancements in the place. This notion of development is equated to accessibility of the resources to the maximum number of citizens in the state, in both rural and urban districts. In Haryana too, this vision of Sabka Haryana, Sabki Pragati is synonymous to vast infrastructural makeovers, spiraling growth in every sector of the economy and fulfillment of Haryana's citizens demands and dreams. Gurgaon, being the leading financial and industrial hub of Haryana, caters to such dreams of its residents, through the recently inaugurated Gurgaon Rapid Metro Rail. Begun on November 14, 2013, this collaborative project is the only privately financed metro service in the country built on the PPP model, which caters to lakhs of commuters every day. Connecting the Delhi Metro Yellow Line to Sikandarpur in Haryana, this metro service presently runs through six stations in and through Gurgaon.
Although a small state in the northern part of the country, the geographic extent of Haryana presents a very interesting picture. With 21 districts spread across 4 major divisions, Haryana is a landlocked state with contrasts. While there are leading industrial hubs like Gurgaon and Faridabad, there are also vast areas dependent on agricultural economy, such as the districts of Panchkula, Kurukshetra and Mewat, as well as educational capitals such as Sonipat. In other words, Haryana s economy is scattered across a vast spectrum of sectors. In such varied and contrasting scenario that Haryana presents, the question to ask is, is the metro route in the state equitably spaced? Are the maximum number of citizens in the state benefitting from this infrastructural advancement, introduced in the state by the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS)?
One of the interesting aspects to highlight in this tale is that, this venture of the metro system in Gurgaon has no investment made either by the Central or state government, nor by any public undertaking it is completely privately financed. For the metro system to have its accessibility across more districts of the state, the government's share of investments in this project must be extended. The government has a massive role to play in building the infrastructure required for extending the metro connectivity to other regions of the state.
The growth trajectory in Haryana, followed by vast investment opportunities in the state, demand that the accessibility of the different corners of the state be made more convenient and user-friendly the metro route extension is the only solution. Equity between regions, along with quality facilities, makes extension of metro connectivity a top-priority agenda of the different factions of the political world. One must remember here the lifeline that Delhi is for the Naya Haryana dream we have envisioned. Networks of communication and exchange with the national capital helps Haryana sustain in all aspects this is further strengthened once the metro system can connect the state more consistently and as a whole to the NCT.
We know that the wealth of a state is in its people. The Naya Haryana we envision is based on improvements in existing, along with the development of future-ready, infrastructure which cater to more and more people. With the upgradation of the metro connectivity in the state, Haryana will soon become a state with a difference, a Naya Soch and Nayi Umang.