To enhance last-mile connectivity in the far-flung NCR areas, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has proposed to extend the phase 2 of the ambitious Delhi-Meerut RRTS. As per the plan, these routes will be extended to far areas of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh such as Rohtak, Baraut, and Palwal.
Giving more details on the above, a senior NCRTC official said, “The proposed extension will not only boost transportation in these areas but will also provide an efficient transportation system which these areas are still lacking. The authority has already started the development of phase 1 of the project and the work on phase-2 is going to start soon.”
The 82 km long Delhi-Meerut RRTS project is expected to enhance connectivity and provide relief from traffic congestion to the daily commuters. Not only this, but it will also reduce the travelling time between the two important cities by 55 minutes.
Under the phase-1 of the project, a total of three corridors have been planned namely- Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat, and Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar. Each corridor will comprise of 16 stations which will be a mix of both elevated and underground. The trains between the corridors will run at a speed of 160 km/h and the frequency of operations would be 5-10 minutes.
The extended corridors of phase-2 include 5 new corridors that include Ghaziabad to Khurja, Delhi-Shahadra-Baraut, Ghaziabad to Hapur, Delhi – Faridabad – Ballabgarh – Palwal, and Delhi – Bahadurgarh – Rohtak.
Consequently, to enhance connectivity, NCRTC has also planned to link the RRTS stations to various metro stations. Therefore, two rail depots have been planned at Duhai and Modipuram.
The complete RRTS corridor will be operational by 2025. However, the stretch between Sahibabad and Duhai will commence its operation by 2023.