New Delhi: The Delhi Government has rejected the Delhi- Meerut RRTS corridor, National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC) proposal to build an elevated station at Sarai Kale Khan. The Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) aims to reduce travel time between the two cities to just 55 minutes.
The construction of the station would delay the redevelopment project of the existing Sarai Kale Khan inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) by more than two years. The Sarai Kale Khan station was supposed to be the starting point of the RRTS line from Delhi. However, State Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot returned the file on September 12 saying that the government would approve the station only if it’s according to the previous plan in which the station was designed to be underground, said Delhi government.
While changing the station’s design, the Delhi government was not kept in loop by the NCRTC. At least 11 approvals including DDA, ASI, Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), fire department, forest department, environment department have been taken to start work on the ISBT project. If the project is delayed, approvals will have to be taken again which will delay the project massively, the minister pointed out.
The Sarai Kale Khan ISBT currently has a daily average footfall of 57,000 passengers, after the redevelopment which was estimated to touch 97,000. The multi-modal hub is designed to connect the ISBT with the Delhi-Meerut RRTS line, the Nizamuddin railway station, the Nizamuddin metro station of the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line as well as the bus stand.