PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Delhi-Meerut RRTS project soon

Naomi Pandya Posted on: 2019-02-16 10:50:25 Viewer: 929 Comments: 0 Country: India City: New Delhi

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Delhi-Meerut RRTS project soon

New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is all set to begin construction work of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor. Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to lay the foundation stone of this project this month. The foundation stone laying ceremony programme will be notified soon. With the introduction of Rapid Rail corridor between Delhi and Meerut, lakhs of people traveling between this will get the benefit. There was a demand for running a rapid rail between Meerut and Delhi since long.

This dream of Meerut residents is going to be fulfill now. Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Route of Regional Rapid Rail Transit System recently got the approval of Public Investment Board (PIB). After that, it was sent to the central cabinet for approval. It is expected that the cabinet will give its nod on this project within a week. The approval of the UP government has already been received. It is almost fixed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the project soon. However, officials of NCRTC are not in a position to say anything.

The NCRTC has already received Rs.2309 crores fund from the Central Government and the UP Government to start the construction work of Delhi-Meerut RRTS project. It is worth mentioning that 60 per cent of the project cost of Rs.32000 crore will be taken as loan and 40 per cent of the fund will be provided by the Central Government, UP Government and the Government of Delhi jointly. The Central Government is trying to reduce the project completion target from 2025 to 2022 so that the cost on the project can be reduced. First it was done till 2024, then the goal was to reach 2023. But it is also going to be completed by 2022.

If there is no constraint in getting the fund from the Central and State Governments and land acquisitions, then the first phase of the project can be done by 2022.

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