New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 15th September 2020 has given its approval to the proposed 121.7 km Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar-Kharkhauda. The committee was chaired by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
The Orbital Rail Line will start from Palwal and end at the existing Harsana Kalan station (On Delhi-Ambala section). This will also give connectivity en route to existing Patli Station (On Delhi-Rewari line), Sultanpur station (On Garhi Harsaru-Farukhnagar Line) and Asaudha Station (On Delhi Rohtak Line).
The project will be implemented by Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HRIDC), a Joint Venture company set up by the Ministry of Railways with the Government of Haryana. The project will have the joint participation of the Ministry of Railways, the Government of Haryana and private stakeholders.
The estimated completion cost of the project is Rs 5,617 crore. The project is likely to be completed in 5 years.
The people from districts of Palwal, Nuh, Gurugram, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts of Haryana will be benefitted through this rail line. This line will facilitate diversion of traffic not meant for Delhi thus decongesting NCR and will help in developing multimodal logistics hubs in the Haryana State sub-region of NCR.
This line will also provide high-speed seamless connectivity of this region to the Dedicated Freight Corridor network resulting in a reduction of cost and time of transportation for EXIM traffic from NCR to ports of India, making exports of goods more competitive. This efficient transport corridor along with other initiatives will provide enabling infrastructure to attract multinational industries to set up manufacturing units to fulfill the 'Make in India' mission.
The Haryana Orbital Rail project will connect unserved areas of the state of Haryana, thereby boosting economic and social activities in Haryana State. This multipurpose transport project will also facilitate affordable and faster commuter travel, long-distance travel in different directions from Gurugram and the industrial regions of Manesar, Sohna, Farukhnagar, Kharkhauda and Sonipat.
Approximately 20,000 passengers each day will be travelling through this line and 50 Million Tonnes of goods traffic would also be carried out every year.
The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor from Palwal to Sonipat bypassing Delhi is a crucial infrastructure project for the sustainable development of the National Capital Region and to decongest the existing Indian Railway network in the Delhi area.
The alignment of this project is adjacent to the western peripheral (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal) Expressway and has been under consideration for some time. The project will have connectivity with all the existing Railway routes originating from Delhi and passing through Haryana State as well as with the Dedicated Freight Corridor network.
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