HT Correspondent Rapid rail project re­port cleared

Line will start at Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi, run through Gurugram and end at Ra­jasthan bor­der

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In yet an­other boost to trans­port in­fra­struc­ture in Gurugram, the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gional Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (NCRTC) Board on Thurs­day ap­proved the de­tailed project re­port (DPR) of the Re­gional Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tems (RRTS) for set­ting up a high speed rail net­work from Sarai Kale Khan (SKK) in Delhi to the HaryanaRa­jasthan bor­der near Shah­ja­han­pur-Neem­rana-Behrod (SNB).

The 106km-long Delhi-Gurugram-SNB cor­ri­dor will be el­e­vated for about 71km (12 sta­tions) and the re­main­ing 35km (five sta­tions) will be con­structed un­der­ground, mostly in Delhi and Gurugram. This cor­ri­dor will con­verge with other RRTS cor­ri­dors in Sarai Kale Khan and will be in­ter­op­er­a­ble, fa­cil­i­tat­ing com­muters’ move­ment from one cor­ri­dor to an­other.

On June 15, the Haryana gov­ern­ment had given its ap­proval for the rapid rail project to boost trans­port in­fra­struc­ture in south

Haryana as well as con­nect key in­dus­trial, res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Gurugram with both Delhi and the NCR.

As per the DPR, this cor­ri­dor will be com­pleted in about five years at the cost of ₹24,975 crore, and will be funded by the Union gov­ern­ment, state gov­ern­ments as well as bi­lat­eral agen­cies.

The line will start from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi and pass through Ae­roc­ity from where it will en­ter Gurugram along the Old Delhi Road on an el­e­vated track. It will then take a left from Atul Kataria Chowk to­wards Sig­na­ture Tower, then right to­wards Ra­jiv Chowk and on­wards to Kherki Daula, Mane­sar, Dharuhera, Re­wari and Bawal and ter­mi­nate at SNB.

RRTS sta­tions in Gurugram will be lo­cated at Udyog Vi­har, Sec­tor 17, Ra­jiv Chowk, Kherki Daula, Mane­sar, Panch­gaon, Bilaspur Chowk, Dharuhera, MBIR, Re­wari and Bawal. As per the project re­port, the RRTS trains have been de­signed for a speed of 180 kmph but the av­er­age speed will be 100 kmph and the fre­quency of trains will be ev­ery

five to 10 min­utes. Each train will have nine coaches, which will be air-con­di­tioned and have space for over­head lug­gage.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, there will also be ad­e­quate ameni­ties with peo­ple for spe­cial needs and ex­clu­sive coaches for women trav­ellers.

Gurugram MP and Union min­is­ter of state for plan­ning Rao In­der­jit Singh said this project will re­solve the prob­lem of con­ges­tion and lack of trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity in south Haryana to a large ex­tent.

“This will boost both in­dus­tries and busi­nesses in Gurugram, and give a ma­jor push to in­fra­struc­ture as well as im­prove com­mut­ing ,” he said.

Apart from the RRTS, the Haryana gov­ern­ment has also ap­proved the project to ex­tend the Metro con­nec­tiv­ity along Sheetla Mata Road up to Rezangla Chowk in Palam Vi­har and up to Sec­tor 21 to com­plete the loop with the RRTS project.

An­other ex­ten­sion of the Delhi Metro from Sec­tor 21 along the Dwarka Ex­press­way is also be­ing planned.

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