NCRTC board okays regional rail corridor for Delhi-Gurugram-SNB
New Delhi: The Rapid Rail Transit System's (RRTS) Delhi-Gurugram-Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror (SNB) Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been approved by NCRTC board. The corridor will strengthen the regional transport infrastructure for the residents of Delhi, Gurugram, Rewari, Manesar, Daruheda, Bawal and nearby areas. Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar corridor is planned to be implemented in three stages. In stage I, Delhi–Gurugram–Rewari–SNB corridor will be constructed. "In Stage II, it will be extended from SNB Urban Complex to Sotanala and in Stage III, SNB Urban Complex to Alwar will be constructed," official said.
"The 106 km long, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB corridor will be elevated for about 71 km (11 stations), the remaining 35 km (5 stations) will be constructed underground, mostly in Delhi and Gurugram," stated a press note issued by NCRTC.
As per the statement, this corridor will converge with other RRTS corridors in Sarai Kale Khan and will be interoperable, facilitating commuters' movement from one corridor to another without the hassle of changing trains. RRTS trains with design speed of 180 kmph, operation speed of 160 kmph and average speed of 100 kmph will be available at a frequency of every 5-10 minutes.
The infrastructure is being designed for up to nine coaches train. These trains will be air-conditioned with transverse seating and overhead luggage space for commuter comfort. Also there would be priority seating arrangements for people with special needs, an exclusive coach for women travelers and a business class coach in every train to encourage people to leave their cars for public transport.
This RRTS smart line will pass through the urbanised and industrialised areas of Haryana and connect Delhi airport with the RRTS network, increasing the overall productivity of NCR. Besides, the corridor is expected to bring down the travel time between SKK-SNB in less than 70 minutes (106 km). The daily ridership on this corridor is estimated to be 8.5 Lakhs in 2025. The corridor is planned to be constructed in about 5 years' time excluding 1 year of pre-construction activities at a base construction cost of Rs 24,975 crore, funded by Government of India (20%), concerned state governments (20%) and bilateral/multilateral funding agencies (60%).