New Delhi: A new high-speed rail link expected to be operational by 2023. It will cut the journey time between Kashmiri Gate in old Delhi and Gurgaon’s Cyber City to about 30 minutes from the 90 minutes or more that it takes at present. The Rapid Rail Transport System route between Delhi-Alwar via Gurgaon was unveiled on Saturday by the NCR Transport Corporation (NCRTC) – a special purpose vehicle set up by the Centre to execute the project.
- The Delhi to Alwar route, stretching 180 kilometer, is the longest link in a network of 3 priority RRTS lines.
- They are envisaged to bring cities in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan within a 1 or 2-hour train ride.
- The other 2 priority lines are Delhi to Meerut and Delhi to Panipat.
- A government official said,”The RRTS has been designed like the express Metro link with limited stoppage. The trains will cover at least 2 km per minute, though the design speed is 3 km per minute. Since this will be an exclusive link, there will be no question of delay in the travel time.”
- With a 6-car coach combination to begin with, each train could carry 1,154 passengers, a government release said.
- There will be no land acquisition issue since the entire corridor is underground or elevated.
- The NCRTC held the final stakeholders meeting on the Delhi-Rewari-Alwar corridor, which was attended by representatives from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan & the Central governments, on Saturday.
- This stretch covering 180.5 kilometer will cost around Rs 37,539 crore (approx US$ 5837.19 Million).
- Of the 19 stations on the proposed alignment 9 stations from ISBT Kashmere Gate – Kherki Dhaula will be underground and the remaining stretch of 124.5 kilometer will have 10 stations, NCRTC chief V K Singh said.
- All these 10 stations will be elevated.
- Singh said,”We are targeting approval for the detailed project report (DPR) of this stretch in the next 2 months. Then it will take about a year to get approval of the Centre and Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan governments. Thereafter work will start on the ground. It would take about 6-7 years from now to complete the work.”
- Work on the Delhi to Meerut stretch is at an advanced stage where ground clearance is being carried out, he said.
- He added,”The DPR approved by us is now with the UP government. We expect to get their nod in the next 2 months. This will be the first corridor to be completed in the next 5 years.”
- For these projects, about 35-40% of the cost will come as equity from Centre & state governments.
- Remaining 60% will come in the form of financial assistance from multilateral funding agencies.