Tribune News Service - Karnal, August 17
Even though the state government had given its nod to expand the proposed Delhi-Panipat corridor of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) to Karnal, the detailed project report (DPR) of the Delhi-Panipat corridor, which was announced earlier, is pending with the Union government for final approval.
The DPR of the corridor was submitted by National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), an executive agency for the project, in December 2020 after the approval from the state government.
As per sources, the project of expansion will be taken up once the DPR of the Delhi-Panipat corridor was finalised and work on this corridor was started.
However, the NCRTC has started the feasibility survey to expand the project to Karnal. It had conducted the drone survey along with soil testing.
“The DPR of the Delhi-Panipat corridor is under consideration of the Government of India for approval. With the experience gained in the past years, team NCRTC would be able to implement the corridor within five years from the sanction date,” said Puneet Vats, chief public relations officer (CPRO), NCRTC.
“The expansion of this corridor from Panipat to Karnal is currently in feasibility stage,” said Vats.
The length of the corridor up to Panipat from Delhi is 103 km, comprising 11.5 km underground stretch and 91.5 km elevated length with 17 stations. This corridor will remain inter-operable with the Delhi-Meerut corridor and the Delhi-Alwar corridor for high-speed connectivity across the NCR, said Vats.
The elevated stations would be at Sarai Kale Khan, Indraprastha, Burari Crossing, Mukarba Chowk, Alipur, Kundli, KMP, RGEC, Murthal, Murthal Depot, Barhi, Gannaur, Samalkha, Panipat South, and Panipat Depot, while underground stations would be at Kashmere Gate and Panipat North, the CPRO added.
It will be constructed on the right side of the National Highway-44 while going towards Delhi. He claimed that this corridor will not only cut down the travel time but also bring environmental and economic benefits to the NCR residents.
After expansion, the length of the project will increase to 130km with three more stations, including Gharaunda, Karnal (South) near Madhuban and Karnal (North) near the new bus stand.