Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Project Gets Rs 900-Crore Boost
In a major boost to regional connectivity in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has allocated Rs 900 crore in the Budget for 2020-21 for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System. The construction work has already started on this route, and the first leg of this corridor is expected to get operational by 2023.
According to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the executing agency of the Rail Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the entire corridor, spanning 82 kms, would be operational by 2025. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, on March 8, 2019, laid the foundation stone of the much-awaited project.
The project was approved by the Centre in February 2019, after the Delhi government gave its go-ahead in January 2019. The Delhi-Alwar route was also approved by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) in December 2019. Once completed, the networks would be linked to seven Delhi Metro stations, offering a multi-modal integrated transit system.
The NCRTC had also said that all three Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) corridors will be interoperable. An official of the NCRTC said commuters will be able to travel from one corridor to another without changing the train. According to the NCRTC, the three corridors of phase-1 such as Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Gurugram-SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) will be converging at Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station in Delhi.
So, if a commuter boards an RRTS train from Rajiv Chowk station of Delhi-SNB corridor and wishes to travel to Ghaziabad RRTS station of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, he or she can directly reach Ghaziabad RRTS station without changing the train. The NCRTC will adopt the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 to implement interoperability in the RRTS system. At present, such networks are operational in cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong and Seoul.
It would be an 82-km route that would connect a number of townships along the corridor. There would be 24 stations on the route, with a majority of it being elevated. The RRTS will reduce the travelling time between Delhi and Meerut to 55 minutes. The air-conditioned trains are designed to travel at a speed of 180 km per hour and will be available at a frequency of 5-10 minutes.
Route: Sarai Kale Khan-New Ashok Nagar-Anand Vihar-Sahibabad-Ghaziabad-Guldhar-Duhai-Murad Nagar-Modi Nagar South-Modi Nagar North-Meerut South-Partapur-Rithani-Shatabdi Nagar- Bramhapuri- Meerut Central- Bhaisali- Begumpul-MES Colony-Daurli-Meerut North-Modipuram
The 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, is expected to be operational by early 2023.
The Phase-II corridors include:
The timeline and the cost
The pre-construction work on the Delhi-Meerut corridor has been already started, while the actual work will begin in the second half of 2019 and would be completed by 2024. While the total project cost has been pegged at Rs 1 lakh crore, the total estimated daily ridership is 20 lakhs, once all the three corridors are operational. The NCRTC is also in talks to obtain a loan to the tune of 60 per cent of the project cost. The remaining 40 per cent will be borne by the centre and the UP and the Delhi governments.
Delhi-Alwar: As the NCRTC has approved the detailed project report for the route, the connectivity to existing industrial hubs will become smoother, as the project becomes operational. This corridor would pass through Manesar, Bawal and Neemrana. The route, when operational, would also help commuters to travel to Gurugram at a speed faster than that of the Metro. It would be a 180-km route with 19 stations. Of the total length, 142 kms will be elevated while 38 kms will be underground. The corridor will be constructed in three phases. In the first stage- Delhi-Gurugeam-SNB will be built. In second stage, it will be extended to Sotanala and in the third stage, it will be extended to Alwar.
Route: Kashmere Gate ISBT- New Delhi- Sarai Kale Khan- INA- Dhaula Kuan, Mahipalpur, Cyber City, IFFCO Chowk, Kherki Dhaula, Manesar, Panchgaon, Dharuhera, BTK, MBIR, Rewari, Bawal- SNB- Sotanala- Alwar
It would be a 111-km route with 12 stations. Most of the stretch will be elevated and only two kms will be built underground. This line would run in the north-west direction from Delhi. The total time taken on this stretch would be 74 minutes.
Route: Kashmere Gate-Mukarba Chowk-Narela-Kundli Border- KMP Expressway-Rajeev Gandhi Education City-Murthal-Gannaur Depot-Gannaur-Samalkha-Panipat City-IOCL Panipat
Linking with the Delhi Metro
The NCRTC is now planning to connect the Phase-1 high-speed train network with the existing Delhi Metro stations. These include Kashmere Gate, Jor Bagh, Indraprastha, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Munirka, Sarai Kale Khan, Aerocity and Burari Extension. This would connect all the seven lines of the Delhi Metro – Red, Yellow, Blue, Violet, Magenta, Pink and the upcoming Phase-IV routes. The project will be undertaken by the NCRTC and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation together.
(With additional inputs for Housing.com News)