Date of Post : 21 Aug, 2017
New Delhi: For the construction of the Delhi-Meerut high-speed rail corridor, the NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation Ltd.) has appointed a design consultant for 18km of the 90 km long corridor in Ghaziabad.
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has already given its approval, the first survey will be conducted in the state.
The project is yet to get in-principle approval from the Delhi government.
- The company appointed to conduct an ‘interim detailed design’ study will finalise the height & length of the pillars by conducting field surveys.
- Since the trains can run up to 180 kilometer per/hour, the design & strength of the pillars & tracks have to match that.
- The trains in the RRTS (Regional Rail Transit System) can run with a design speed of 180 kmph & an average speed of 100 kmph.
- The consultant will submit the specifications of pillars accordingly.
- The High-speed corridor will have 17 stations out of which 2 will be in Delhi & the rest in UP.
- A NCRTC official said,“While we are waiting for the approval, pre-construction activities have started so that we can start work by July 2018. The consultant will suggest the structural design and since most of it is elevated.”
- After getting the Delhi government’s approval, the file will be sent to the Centre for a final nod.
- The official said,“Both these places have a bus terminal, a railway station and metro station. So we have planned multi-modal integration where a passenger will get to interchange for all modes of transport. Our stations in Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan will be underground.”
- The daily ridership is expected to be 7.4 lakh & the entire network in Delhi will be underground.
- The estimated cost of the total project is around Rs 33,000 crore (approx US$ 5156.25 Mllion).
- The NCRTC has started field surveys in UP to check any hindrance in the route.
- The official added,“The geography of the area has changed and we are identifying hindrances that have come up recently. After identification, the local government’s help will be taken to remove encroachments.”