MEERUT (Metro Rail News): The country’s 1st-ever Delhi-Meerut RRTS project is now hitting at Meerut’s door for developing yards and other base infrastructure by both centre and state funds Buoyed. Meerut Development Authority is drafting the final plan to provide 4 large land parcels from their land bank for making it easy work for the Rs 30, 274 cr ambitious project.
The work is in full swing currently in the Duhai-Sahibabad priority sector. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation is the nodal agency trusted with the task of elaborating the mammoth project. The vice-chairperson of Meerut Development Authority, Rajesh Kumar Pandey stated, “We have 4 land parcels situated on the outskirts of the city on Delhi Road. The NCRTC wants to buy 3 of them and take the fourth one on lease. The process is on.”
All the 4 land parcels asked by NCRTC are located at Rithai which is a village bordering Ghaziabad district. During giving the details the chief town planner Ishtiyaq Ahmad also the nodal officer for RRTS project in Meerut told, “The NCRTC is interested in buying land parcels for setting up a power station, a railway yard, etc. Besides it also desires a 40,000 sqm plot for using it as a casting yard. This one will be given on a 5-year lease.”
The UP govt marked Rs 900 cr in their annual budget tabled newly in the legislative assembly for the ambitious Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor that once finished, would reduce the travel time between the national capital and Meerut to just an hour.
The current budgetary boost for the project comes soon after the Union govt offered Rs 2,487 cr for it in its Union budget. The 82-km long RRTS is supposed to be thrown open to the public by 2025.
The RRTS corridor would start from Sarai Kale Khan bus station in Delhi and the last stop would be in Modipuram. In the initial phase, the Meerut-Ghaziabad-Delhi corridor would be finished at a cost of Rs 30,274 cr by 2025.
The implementing agency of RRTS, NCRTC is a JV of the Centre 50% and the state govt of Haryana 12.5%, NCT Delhi 12.5%, UP 12.5% and Rajasthan 12.5%. It is necessary to design, build, finance, operate and maintain RRTS in the NCR and operates with the administrative control of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs.