Chandigarh, India (Urban Transport News): The Haryana Government has today decided to extend the Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridor of NCRTC up to Karnal. This decision will greatly enhance seamless transport facilities throughout the entire National Capital Region (NCR) including Karnal. The share of Haryana government in the Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridor is around Rs 5,000 crore (16 percent of the total cost).
A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting chaired by Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal held here today regarding the implementation of the Delhi-Panipat Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor. In the meeting, the Chief Minister was apprised that under the Functional Plan on Transport for National Capital Region (NCR)-2032, eight corridors of RRTS will be constructed. However, in the first phase, three corridors will be constructed under Regional Rapid Transit System in NCR viz. Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-SNB-Alwar.
It was informed that a 103 km long Delhi-Panipat corridor will be constructed which will have a total of 17 RRTS stations (including Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi). Under this project, earlier Panipat North Station was the last station, however, the Chief Minister directed the officers concerned to extend this corridor up to Karnal with a provision for a station at Gharaunda as well. The Chief Minister was apprised that the total alignment of these three RRTS corridors is 291.67 kilometers, out of which more than 50 percent is in Haryana, i.e, 149.31 kilometers.
Therefore, after the completion of these corridors, the commuters of Gurugram, Rewari, Sonipat, Panipat and Karnal would be largely benefited. Meanwhile, heading out in the northwesterly direction from Delhi, this corridor aims to connect Delhi to Sonipat, Gannaur, Samalkha, Panipat and Karnal in the State. This corridor will not only cut down the travel time but will also bring environmental and economic benefits to the entire region.
It was further informed that the RRTS stations and trains will be seamlessly integrated with other transport modes like Airport, Railway, Metro and ISBTs etc. The Chief Minister was apprised that the RRTS stations will be inter-operable. Commuters would be able to travel from one corridor to another without interchanging the train.