The Uttar Pradesh budget presented today by state Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal gave Regional Rail project a major boost with the allocation of 400 crores to National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for RRTS project. Earlier in the Union Budget, Central Government has allocated a sum of Rs. 1000 crores to this project.
Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut RRTS Corridor is 82 km long and will have 22 stations. The DPR of the project has already been approved by UP Government, while In-principal approval of Delhi Government has been received recently. Pre-construction activities such as Geotechnical Survey, Road widening work, Utility diversion work, Initial Pile Load Testing etc are in full swing for construction of this corridor.
The high-speed rail will cover the distance from Meerut to New Delhi in less than 60 minutes. It is a new, dedicated, high speed, high capacity, comfortable commuter service connecting regional nodes of NCR to Delhi.
The NCRTC has already established its field offices in Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Delhi and posted officers and mobilized resources. This corridor is expected to be completed by the year 2025.
NCRTC is a joint venture of the Union government, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan and is executing three prioritized RRTS corridors — Delhi-Alwar, Delhi-Meerut, and Delhi-Panipat in the first phase. Eight such corridors have been identified under the Integrated Transportation Plan 2032 prepared by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).