In a major relief for people commuting in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Metro network is set to reach towns near Delhi – Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana, Alwar in Rajasthan and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.
The urban development ministry(MoUD) has decided to lay three corridors — Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat (111 km), Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar (180 km) and Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut (90 km) – at a cost of Rs 72,170 crore.
“The detailed project reports have been completed and construction is likely to start soon,”
Chittaranjan Kumar Khaitan, MoUD joint secretary, told HT at a CII conference on Friday. The process of implementation will be undertaken in consultation with state governments, Khaitan said.
The last five years have seen major expansion of the Metro network with prime NCR cities of Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad coming under the umbrella of the Delhi Metro.
The Metro projects will not only reduce road congestion and accidents but also offer smooth transportation, said sources in the NCR planning board.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be involved in these projects as consultants and project developer.
The ministry is keen to complete the projects in a few years time, Khaitan added.
In a bid to implement these Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) projects for the NCR, the ministry constituted the National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) recently.
“The RRTS will play an important role in redefining the urban mass transportation in India. Eight RRTS corridors have been recommended under this system and three have been prioritized,” said Khaitan.