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Regional Rapid Transit System Project set to gain momentum

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  • Yogi govt releases grant to NCRTC to develop the RRTS between Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut
  • The scheme is being implemented at a cost of Rs 1,306 crore; out of the remaining amount of Rs 956 cr, approval has been given for Rs 350 cr

By Our Correspondent

Lucknow: To expedite the development of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the government led by Yogi Adityanath has sanctioned an allocation of Rs 350 crore from the remaining Rs 956 crore to enhance the connectivity between Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut.

This initiative, with a total project cost of Rs 1,306 crore, is being executed within the National Capital Region. The allocation of Rs 350 crore will rejuvenate and accelerate the pending tasks within the project. Specifically, the areas in Ghaziabad and Meerut that are covered by the project will receive a significant boost.

An order has been issued by the state government regarding the allocation of funds to the Managing Director of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). It is noteworthy that the intention of the Yogi government has been to improve the connectivity between Delhi and all major cities in the state, and the ongoing effort is also being seen as a meaningful initiative in this context.

High-quality work will be ensured

The Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is a semi-high-speed rail corridor currently under construction. This corridor will connect Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut. It is one of the three rapid rail corridors planned under the RAPIDX Project. Once completed, it will be the country’s first-of-its-kind rapid transit project. Currently, work is underway on phase one of this project.

This project, which is 82.15 kilometers long, was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8, 2019, and it is expected to start by the year 2025. The responsibility of giving concrete shape to the project has been assigned to the Managing Director of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation. Under his guidance, the construction of structures and developments within the project will be ensured to meet high-quality standards.

Government will monitor the project

While this project is being implemented according to the guidelines of the Indian government by the NCRTC, the Uttar Pradesh government will periodically review the progress of the activities under the project. The Uttar Pradesh government has mentioned this in the rules and conditions issued for the state’s part in the project. Additionally, the sanctioned amount of state share will not be withdrawn in lump sum and will be used as per required.

The actual implementation of the mentioned activities will begin only after obtaining technical approval at a competent level to finalize the project. The current limit for completing the allocated activities for the state part is set as March 31, 2024, and upon completion of the activities, the NCRTC will provide the utilization certificate to the state government by April 30, 2024.

 

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