Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor gets Centre’s nod

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News) : The Central Government’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the 121.742 km Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) project from Palwal to Sonipat which will have 17 stations including Sohna, Manesar and Kharkhauda. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,617 crore.

Passenger trains on this new broad gauge semi high-speed rail line, with 20 km of additional spur lines, will operate at a high speed of 160 kmph and provide connectivity along the Kundli – Manesar – Palwal (WPE / KMP) Expressway. The line will connect Asaoti village near Palwal to the existing Harsana Kalan station (on the Delhi-Ambala line), with interchanges to the 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 Government of Haryana. In June 2020, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) cleared a loan concept to lend $400 million (approx. Rs 2944 crore) for its development.

Trains (rolling stock) and their related services are planned to be provided and operated by the Indian Railways. Freight trains will link major logistic hubs and will adopt the Dedicated Freight Corridor standard for freight movement.

This new rail corridor aims to bypass Delhi and provide interchange connectivity with the Indian Railways’ main radial routes (eg. Delhi – Rohtak, Delhi – Ambala), the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) at Pirthala (near Palwal), major logistic hubs and the 164 km Delhi – SNB – Alwar RRTS Line at Panchgaon.

HRIDC is currently in the middle of appointing a General Consultant for the project and the last date to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) applications has been extended to September 28. I’ll share a list of bidders if and when that list becomes available. The districts of Palwal, Nuh, Gurugram, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts of Haryana will be benefitted through this rail line.

This will facilitate diversion of traffic not meant for Delhi thus decongesting NCR and will help in developing multimodal logistics hubs in Haryana State sub-region of NCR. It will provide high-speed seamless connectivity of this region to Dedicated Freight Corridor network resulting in 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 fulfil the ‘Make in India’ mission. The project will connect unserved areas of the state of Haryana.

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