Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, in a meeting last week, gave approval for three Regional Rapid Transit System corridors to far-flung areas in NCR
Good news is here for those who have booked flats along Grand Trunk Road, Delhi-Meerut Highway and Delhi-Alwar of the National Capital Region. The Central government has given in-principle approval for three Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors, which will vastly improve Delhi's connectivity with Alwar, Panipat and Meerut. The corridors were approved last week, by Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, in a meeting with officials concerned of Delhi government, states concerned and officials of National Capital Region Planning Board.
"The Urban Development Ministry has approved in-principle the concept proposal of implementing RRTS at three important corridors in the NCR", a central government communiqu � stated on Sunday. The corridors for which approval has been given are Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar, Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat and Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut.
The government has directed the NCR planning board (NCRPB) to explore innovative funding mechanisms such as exploiting transit-oriented development potential, monetisation of land and PPP model for implementing these capital-intensive projects. The officials said the RRTS would be integrated with the Delhi Metro network to reduce traffic load on connecting roads to NCR towns.
Hundreds of housing projects, educational institutes and other projects are coming up along these corridors. Officials say the connecting roads to these towns are already experiencing heavy traffic on these corridors.
They said high speed connectivity between the regional centres of NCR and Delhi will make the physical distance shorter and allow these towns to capture the economic impulse and density generated by Delhi.
The grand plan
As per the plan, it will take 63 minutes to travel from Delhi to Meerut (90 km) and the travel time between Delhi and Panipat (109 km) will be 61 minutes once the RRTS project is implemented. Likewise, the distance between Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan can be covered in 117 minutes. The trains running on RRTS with six AC coaches will run on dedicated underground, elevated and ground level tracks. Eight corridors are being identified under RRTS to run high-speed trains connecting the Capital with 16 adjoining towns in the NCR. Feasibility report has been carried out for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut (196 km), Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar (188 km) and Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat (109 km). As per the plan, the Centre will have 50 per cent equity, while all four states will have equity of 12.5 per cent each.
The other five corridors-- Delhi-Faridabad-Ballabgarh-Palwal, Delhi-Ghaziabad-Khurja, Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Ghaziabad-Hapur and Delhi-Shahadara-Baraut--are also to be taken up. Government sources, however, say the process will start after the other three corridors are complete. The cost for laying one km of underground track will be around Rs 290 crore, while that for elevated tracks will be Rs 130 crore and Rs 50 crore for ground level tracks.
For your info
The RRTS is a rail-based mass transit system that would connect distant areas of National Capital Region (NCR) to the Capital.