Delhi Metro network is set to be extended to the nearby towns including Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana, Alwar in Rajasthan and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. This will be a major relief for people commuting in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The urban development ministry (MoUD) has decided to lay three corridors as following
|Delhi – Sonepat – Panipat||111 km|
|Delhi – Gurgaon – Alwar||180 km|
|Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut||90 km|
The total cost of the metro extension is expected to reach Rs. 72,170 Crore.
During a CII conference on Friday, Mr. Chittaranjan Kumar Khaitan, joint secretary of Ministry of Urban development said “The detailed project reports have been completed and construction is likely to start soon and the process of implementation will be undertaken in consultation with state governments”.Metro network in the last five years has already been extended to the NCR region in the cities including Noida, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad and the construction work is in progress in Faridabad which is expected to be completed by the end of year 2014.
According to the NCR Planning board sources, these upcoming metro projects will not only reduce road congestion and accidents but also offer smooth transportation.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be involved in these projects as consultants and project developer and the ministry is expecting to complete the projects in the minimum possible time.
In a bid to implement these Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) projects for the NCR, the ministry constituted the National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) recently.
“The RRTS will play an important role in redefining the urban mass transportation in India. Eight RRTS corridors have been recommended under this system and three have been prioritized,” said Khaitan.