Delhi To Have London-Like Metro-Rail Interlinked Corridor
The daily commuters of the Delhi Metro travelling to the National Capital Region (NCR) would soon be able to enjoy an easier commute. In the coming years, the Delhi Metro will be connected to the NCR’s high-speed train network. The planned Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) routes, including Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Alwar, would be linked to seven Delhi Metro stations, offering a multi-modal integrated transit system.
At present, such networks are operational in cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, etc.
Here is how this new infrastructural development will be a boon for the Delhi and the NCR residents:
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation is implementing the RRTS project in the national capital that would run at a speed of 180 kilometre per hour (kmph) with an operational speed of 160 kmph. In the first phase, three corridors have been planned.
It would be a 111-km route with 12 stations. Most of the stretch will be elevated and only two km 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
It would be a 90-km route that would connect a number of townships along the corridor. There would be 16 stations on the route with a majority of it being elevated.
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
This corridor would pass through some of the existing industrial hubs, including Manesar, Bawal and Neemrana. The route when operational would also help commuters to travel to Gurgaon at a speed faster than that of the Metro. It would be a 180-km route with 19 stations. Of the total length, 142 km will be elevated while 38 km will be underground.
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- Khairthal- Alwar
The Phase-II corridors include:
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.
The timeline and the costing
The construction of the Delhi-Meerut corridor will begin in the second half of 2018 and would be completed by 2024. The infrastructure will make commuting between the NCR and Delhi comfortable and swift. The total travel time will come down significantly once the project gets operational, for which no deadline has been fixed yet. While the total project cost has been pegged at Rs 1 lakh crore, the total estimated daily ridership is 20 lakh, once all the three corridors get operational.