India’s first high-speed train project, Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), proposes to connect Panipat with Delhi in 45 minutes with trains running at 200 kmph. The trains will ply at 10-minute intervals.
Designed on the lines of hi-speed corridors in South Africa, France, Japan, UK, and Sweden, the train will halt at 10 stations, a senior Haryana government official said.
On September 27, the Haryana government finalised the alignment for the RRTS on Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat corridor at a meeting under the chairmanship of Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Those living in Kundli, Haryana, can expect to save 15-20 minutes of travel time. The distance between Delhi and Kundli is about 31 km.
Amitabh Bhattacharya, president TDI Limited, the company developing TDI City on 1,600 acres of land in Kundli, said the hi-speed RRTS would not only help one lakh people move to the township, but will also boost the real estate sector as well.
After taking off from Kashmiri Gate, the train will halt at Badli, Mukarba Chowk and Narela in Delhi. Kundli will be the first station outside Delhi followed by Rai, Murthal, Gannaur, Smalkha and then Panipat.
At present, it takes around two hours by bus and 90 minutes by car to reach Panipat.
The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited (DIMTS) is likely to submit the detailed project report by December-end to the NCR Planning Board.
NCR Planning Board had assigned the DIMTS to conduct a survey. The DIMTS has proposed train connectivity from Kashmiri Gate, Delhi to IOCL Complex, Panipat.
Haryana government officials say, the train corridor will be elevated for high-speed connectivity, which is likely to connect Delhi with Panipat in 45 minutes non-stop.