NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): When the mega terminal catering to three Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors comes up at Sarai Kale Khan in a few years, it will not be a standalone facility but a station that will be a part of an integrated transport hub.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is executing the RRTS project, has engaged a design consultant to prepare an integrated plan for the entire Sarai Kale Khan transport hub.
The RRTS terminal will be quite close to the existing Inter-State Bus Terminal, Delhi Metro’s Hazrat Nizamuddin station and the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. During the construction of the terminal, the transport body will also undertake the renovation of Sarai Kale Khan ISBT.
An NCRTC official said that the revamp will include creating a scientific bus flow inside the ISBT, creation of pedestrian plazas, landscaping, etc. “Passenger movement between the two facilities will be completely seamless by implementing the traffic flow plan,” he said. “The consultant has begun the design work”. “Once the integrated plan is ready, we will discuss it with all the stakeholders before its implementation,” the official added.
The RRTS terminal has been a bone of contention as the Delhi government had last year objected to the construction of an elevated structure, which, it had said, will obstruct the proposed renovation of the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT.
The government, however, gave in-principle approval for the terminal after NCRTC agreed to prepare the revamp plan and also carry out the renovation along with the construction of the RRTS terminal.
The Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will be spread over an area that is 50 meters wide and 300 meters long. The station is proposed to be spacious taking into account that three RRTS corridors are going to converge here. All the three corridors begin from Sarai Kale Khan and connect Delhi to Ghaziabad-Meerut, Sonipat-Panipat, and Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar. “A total of six tracks will converge at Sarai Kale Khan,” the official said.