At a high-level meeting, chaired by Meerut commissioner, officials approved the route of high-speed trains. Orbital trains will link Metro rail and high-speed trains.
The meeting, also attended by officials of Ghaziabad, Noida and NCR Planning Board in Meerut, decided the merging point — Meerut road trisection in Ghaziabad — for first-phase high-speed trains and Orbital rail. The DPR for the phase of high-speed trains has already been prepared.
Orbital trains will provide greater connectivity in Noida, Ghaziabad and other NCR areas. This new mode of transportation, serving commuters in an orbit, will connect the NCR with Delhi. And save a lot of travel time.
"Orbital trains will primarily move along the proposed Eastern-Western Peripheral Expressway. This will reduce traffic snarls in Delhi to a great extent. Heavy increase in traffic has made Delhi's periphery very chaotic. Orbital trains will bypass traffic bottlenecks," said a senior official.
Noida and the proposed Greater Noida Metro are elevated. Officials are hopeful the design will help accommodate Orbital train on this route too. Once the facility starts Noida and Greater Noida will be connected to Alwar, Meerut, and Panipat.
Lakhs of passengers will be able to roam around the NCR without getting into Delhi. Road users will also be able to use the facility.
Tentative Orbital train stations will be Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Kondli, Bahadurgarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad.
The proposed high-speed trains will be a mass transit system connecting far flung areas of NCR to the central parts of NCR (Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, etc.).
It will have dedicated rail lines where no other train will run and it will provide fast and frequent train services.