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Times of India  |  August 5, 2011


A Rapid Rail Transit System between Delhi and Meerut is in the works. Once completed in 2017, it will take only 45 minutes to commute between the two places with the train having a peak speed of 150km per hour.


Now, it will be easy to move from Delhi (Anand Vihar) to Meerut with the authority all set to start work on the Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) and the Delhi-Meerut Expressway.


 Once the Delhi-Meerut Expressway is completed, the drive from Delhi to Meerut will take just 45 minutes. Under the project, a high-speed train and expressway have been planned between Delhi and Meerut via Ghaziabad.


Property rates will hit the roof in the Delhi-Ghaziabad and Ghaziabad-Meerut corridors once these projects come through. In order to pave the way for this project, officers from different departments have surveyed the entire route, from Delhi to Meerut via Ghaziabad. In addition, a 67km elevated railway track will be aligned on this route, at an estimated cost of Rs 1,040 crore.


The Delhi-Meerut Expressway, also 67km-long, will cost Rs 4,500 crore and connect the two places via Ghaziabad. According to the plan, the expressway will cover 28km of NH-24 between Ghaziabad border and Dasna and this stretch will be widened to 14 lanes from the current six lanes.


After this, a 36km stretch between Dasna and Meerut will be constructed as a four-lane highway. At present, it takes over two and half hours to commute between Delhi and Meerut, due to congestion on NH-58.The expressway project is expected to be completed by 2015.


The tender of this project has been given to Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal


Transit System (DIMTS) by the NCR Planning Board. Under this project, stations are likely to be constructed at a gap of 4-5km. Anand Vihar, Vaishali, Mohan Nagar, Meerut Road (Airtel Cut) Morta, Duhai, Muradnagar, Gang Nahar, Modi Nagar, Mohiuddinpur, Meerut Bypass Cut and Pallavpuram are the proposed halts of this RRTS.


An underground track will be laid from Anand Vihar to Dabur, due to the Metro project. However, it has been decided among the officers concerned that the Metro line will not come in the way of the high-speed train.


No Metro station will be made on the routes where stoppages of high-speed train are being proposed. By following this norm, both trains will earn

enough revenue and get sufficient number of passengers.


Ghaziabad is a planned industrial city in Uttar Pradesh and is 19km east of Delhi and 46km southwest of Meerut. Ghaziabad and Meerut are well connected by roads and railways.


They have heavy industries like maintenance depots for electric locomotive and EMU trains, manufacturing units for railway wagons, bicycles, tapestries, glassware, pottery, paint and varnish, heavy chains, etc. Rakesh Yadav, the chairman of Antriksh Group, says: "According to the Master Plan 2021, the total population of the city is expected to rise to nearly 23 lakh. As per the plan, about 6,975 hectares would be utilized for residential purpose, 491 hectares for commercial purpose, 1,933 hectares for industrial use, 501 hectares for office use, 1,201 hectares for public and utility services, 2,484 hectares for parks and entertainment purpose and  about 1,392 hectares     for roads, bus depots and railways.


In order to facilitate technology-oriented growth, the plan proposes to allocate approximately 2,185 hectares of land for high-tech cities in Ghaziabad.


R K Arora, the managing director of Supertech Group, who has already launched a Shopprix Mall in Meerut, says: "In the NCR, the rapid rail will add a new dimension to the transport system, as it is going to connect Delhi to Meerut. This will affect the property scene. If everything goes according to the plan, people will get an ultramodern township along with a rapid rail network." A consultant company has designed the entire project in such a manner that there will be no need to acquire or demolish any existing property. The track will be underground from Anand Vihar to Dabur and then run on elevated track up to Meerut.


"The average speed of the Metro rail in Delhi is approximately 30-40km per hour, but the speed of this rapid train will be 150km per hour. One can transit between Meerut and Delhi in about 45 minutes, which was not possible earlier. The services of two passenger and express trains could be available on two proposed track," said a sources of the consultant company.


The NCR board has planned to develop three townships under the RRTS, from Delhi to Meerut. One would be between Muradnagar to Modi Nagar, the second from Modi Nagar to Mohiuddinpur and the third will be constructed in areas under Meerut Development Authority. Each township is likely to be developed on an area of around 1,000 acre. The land acquisition process will be made jointly by MDA and GDA.


With a view to free the city from heavy vehicular traffic, a presentation was given by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) on the Rapid Transit System recently.


The project is expected to be completed by 2017. There will be eight stations from Anand Vihar up to Modinagar, each measuring about 270 metres. The alignment of the high-speed train is almost along the existing road, mainly elevated and partly underground.