Meerut-Ghaziabad-Delhi rail will open before the deadline.
With 20 lands to be transferred for Rapid Rail Transport System projects and the government pumping Rs 1,326 crore to boost urban transport, the Yogi Adityanath regime has claimed that the part of the National Capital Region that falls into Uttar Pradesh’s geographic scope is on track to become one of the fastest-growing regions in the sector with the timely completion of projects such as Meerut-Ghaziabad-Delhi Rapid Rail.
A government spokesperson claimed that Meerut-Ghaziabad-Delhi Rapid Rail, a joint venture of the Center and the UP government worth Rs 30,274 crore, would start operating earlier than the scheduled time.
“The UP government has allocated Rs 1,326 million for the project in its budget for the year 2021-’22. About 68 kilometers of this project are in the UP region. The 17 km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai is expected to be commissioned by 2023 and the entire corridor between Delhi and Meerut by 2025, “the spokesperson said.
The state administration had allocated 650 million rupees for the project last year. The government spokesperson stated that while work was allowed on 20 sites, the sites would soon be formally transferred to RRTS.
The RRTS Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor would have 24 stations, including two depot stations. While the total length of the Meerut-Ghaziabad-Delhi rapid train project is 82.15 km, the proposed stations are Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, Duhai Depot, Muradnagar, Muradnagar Depot, Modi Nagar South, Modi Nagar North, Meerut South, Partapur, Ritani, Shatabdi Nagar, Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhainsali, Begumpul, Colonia MES, Metro Daurali, Meerut North and Modipuram.
The government plans to connect these RRTS stations with airports, train stations, the interstate bus terminal (ISBT), and metro stations. In addition, according to the plan, each of the RRTS trains will have business class coaches and it hopes to increase the state’s share in public transport from 37% to 63% after the commissioning of this RRTS corridor.