New Delhi: If everything goes as per the plans, the distance from Delhi to Meerut or Panipat and Delhi to Alwar would be covered in a span of an hour and two hour respectively.

The Centre has reached an with the Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan governments on the Centre Regional Rapid Transit System (CRRTS). As per the plan, in the next four years a corridor for the high speed trains running from Delhi to Meerut, Panipat and Alwar would be functional. The cost of the construction of the corridor would be shared by the Centre and the respective state governments.

In a meeting on Wednesday, it was decided that in the first phase of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut, Delhi - Sonipat - Panipat, Delhi - Gurgaon – Rewari- Alwar would be constructed. If everything goes as per the plan, then by 2016 high speed air conditioned trains would be running on these routes.

While the distance of 90 km from Delhi to Meerut would be completed in 63 minutes, it would take only 117 minutes to cover 188 km distance between Delhi and Alwar.

Urban Development Secretary Navin Kumar said, “On the lines of DMRC, NCRTC would be constituted. In Delhi, the track would be underground but elsewhere they would be above the ground.”

Kumar said, “When the cost of construction of track above the ground comes around Rs 130 crore to Rs 140 crore per km, the cost of underground line would be approximately Rs 290 crore per km and likewise the lines on ground would cost around Rs 40 crore to 50 crore per km.”    

Five more corridors would be constructed in the later stage where regions like Delhi-Faridabad - Ballabgarh, Palwal and Ghaziabad, Khurja, Rohtak and Bahadurgarh would be included.

(JPN/ Bureau)