Initially, the project has got approval for implementation in the national capital. Once the project gets implemented in a full-fledged manner, Delhi and its satellite cities will be connected to a high-speed railway network.

Besides, Delhi along with NCR is expected to get respite from the massive chokes and congestions on roads.

Though the neighboring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan are yet to give the final nod for the project, it’s said that soon after receiving approval from these states the process of alignment of the railway line will commence.

According to the Delhi government officials, the transport department has given approval to the proposals of the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB) of aligning a total of 349 km-long three Regional Rapid Transit System lines.

The alignments of for Delhi-Panipat corridor (111 km), for Delhi-Alwar (148 km) and for Delhi-Meerut corridor (90 km) have been finalized. The length of Delhi-Alwar railway line has been reduced by 32 kilometers.

Earlier, these railway lines were proposed to be aligned for about 180 km but the Delhi government’s transport department gave approval for aligning 148 km long railway line.

The estimated cost of this project is Rs 76 thousand crore.

According to officials, the estimated budget might be augmented further as per the requirement of the project.

However, officials also revealed that this project would reduce time spent in a journey.

With the launch of the rapid train, the distance between Delhi-Panipat is likely to be covered in less than 30 minutes while the travel time between Delhi and Meerut will be less than an hour. Besides, the journey between Delhi and Alwar will be easily completed in just two hours.

According to sources, this rapid train would be completely air-conditioned and would be proved useful for the locals and the NCRPB officials have claimed this in its report.

The board has sent the report to Ministry of Urban Development. It was also mentioned in the report that with the launch of the rapid train the level of pollution will reduce in Delhi to a certain extent.

The Rapid rail corridor project will also increase the revenues as the Delhi government used to levy tax from the functional project implementing company for construction work.

With the alignment of Delhi-Panipat corridor, around 7,380 two- wheelers, 11,656 cars and 437 buses will be reduced from the roads of the nation capital by the year 2021.

Meanwhile, with the alignment of Delhi-Meerut corridor by 2021, around 20,163 two-wheelers, 43,993 cars and 189 buses are expected to be seen off the roads.

In the report, it was also mentioned that if the rapid train corridor is not aligned than by the year 2016 in Delhi, Panipat, Meerut and Alwar, construction of two-two lane roads would be needed and by 2021 three lane roads would be required to connect these cities.


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