Meerut: The Union Urban Development Ministry gave a green signal to the proposed High-Speed train project connecting Delhi-Meerut, Panipat and Alwar in a meeting held on Thursday. The meeting also decided that the High-Speed trains will be connected to the Delhi Metro trains network.

According to reports, on the route of the High-Speed train ten new cities will be established between Ghaziabad and Meerut. Just like any planned city, these proposed cities will also have services like Post offices, police stations, educational institutes and other public services.

Seven malls will also be constructed here. The local bodies present on the way will also be connected to this project.

The Ministry had asked the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to start the process of acquisition of land for the project. This project is to spread over 2200 hectares of land.

Commissioner Bhuvnesh Kumar said, “In regard of this project, Meerut Development Authority (MDA) and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) have already completed a basic survey on the land to be used for this project.”

Highlights of the project:

• Based on the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the High-Speed trains will run with a speed of 160 Km/hour by 2016.

• On the completion of the Corridor construction, the distance between Meerut-Nizamuddin will be covered in just 63 minutes.

• All the stations of the corridor will be connected to the DTC, DMRC and Indian Railways.

• According to a survey conducted in the 2007, these three corridor areas (Delhi-Meerut-Ghaziabad), near about 37 lakhs of people commute on a daily basis. By the year 2032, this number would go up to 1.32 crores. On the Meerut corridor the number of commuters is expected to reach 5.11 lakh by 2016.

• This route will have 17 stations in total with 7 of them to be stationed in Meerut itself.

• The trains starting from Nizamuddin will stop at Ghazipur and Anand Vihar near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border.

• This route will have both 63 kilometers elevated track and 26 kilometers underground track constructed on the expenses of 8320 crores and 7280 crores, respectively.