NEW DELHI: The city administration has approved three corridors under Regional Rapid Transit System, aimed at better connectivity with the adjoining cities.
The administration approved the project after the National Capital Regional Planning Board had sent for a recommendation.
The system promises high-speed trains running at an interval of five to six minutes, reducing travel time and ensuring comfort for thousands of commuters who travel between Delhi and the neighbouring states.
Connecting Delhi with Panipat, Alwar and Meerut in the first phase, the city administration has given the green signal and it is excepted to get operational by 2016.
“The three corridors -- Delhi-Meerut, Delhi Panipat and Delhi-Alwar - has been finalised and the alignment for 111 km long Delhi Panipat, 180 km long Delhi-Alwar and 90 km long Delhi-Meerut RRTS has been finalized,” said the Special Commissioner (Transport) Kuldeep Singh Gangar.
The total length of the three corridors is 349 kms, as the Delhi-Alwar corridor terminated at Gurgaon at Delhi Border.
The project will include laying of tracks for high-speed trains, which will then be integrated with the existing Delhi Metro railway to ensure first and last mile connectivity.
“Broad gauge tracks and trains running at speeds of up to 160 km per hour, the corridors will be seamlessly integrated through multimodal integration system with Delhi Metro, airports and bus terminus,” said the officer.
The Delhi-Meerut corridor, through Anand Vihar to Sarai Kale Khan would be implemented as per the proposal of NCRPB and also will be supported by the Metro Department.
The multi-crore project will also address the problem of shrinking spaces for creating new roads and highways.
The system has also borrowed design from London, Paris and New York rail network models, where underground tubes are seamlessly merged with high-speed rail networks.