RRTS corridors to connect various important towns of NCR with high speed rail

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National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) prepared a ‘Functional Plan on Transport for National Capital Region(NCR)-2032’ which recommended eight Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors to connect various important towns of NCR with high speed rail based commuter transit system viz: 

  • Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar 
  • Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut 
  • Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat 
  • Delhi-Faridabad-Ballabhgarh-Palwal 
  • Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak 
  • Delhi-Shahdara-Baraut 
  • Ghaziabad-Khurja 
  • Ghaziabad-Hapur

Out of these, the Task Force constituted by the then Planning Commission prioritized three corridors namely, Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-Rewari-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat. 

  • From the above, Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor has been approved and the construction work is underway.
  • The Detailed Project Report (DPR) after the Feasibility Study has been received from National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for Delhi-Gurugram-SNB Urban Complex RRTS Corridor in December, 2018 and for SNB Urban Complex to Sotanala RRTS Corridor in June, 2020; which are part of Delhi-Gurugram-Rewari-Alwar RRTS Project.
  • The DPR of Delhi-Panipat corridor has been received from NCRTC in June 2020. 
  • Approval of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) with financial commitment on DPRs of Delhi-Gurugram-SNB RRTS corridor and Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridor has not been received.
  • The RRTS projects are cost intensive projects which require extensive inter-ministerial consultations and their approval depends on feasibility of projects and availability of resources. 
  • The allocation/release of funds and construction activity of project is undertaken once the project is approved.
  • This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Kaushal Kishore, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 13 December.

About RRTS: 

  • RRTS is a new, dedicated, high speed, high capacity, comfortable commuter service connecting regional nodes in NCR.
  • RRTS is different from conventional Railway as it will provide reliable, high frequency, point to point regional travel at high speed along dedicated path way.
  • RRTS is different from metro as it caters to passengers looking to travel a relatively longer distance with fewer stops and at higher speed.

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): NCRTC

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