Delhi-Alwar High Speed rail route gets Central push

Jaipur: The state proposal to amend the alignment of a high-speed train link, which was earlier proposed to connect Delhi and Alwar (Rajasthan) via Gurgaon is expected to see the light of the day.

The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has constituted a committee to review status of regional rapid transit system (RRTS). The department had earlier mooted a proposal to change the route of the high-speed train and connect Delhi-Behror, excluding Alwar and later extend it to Jaipur, which is a counter magnet city. The Alwar-Delhi rail corridor of 180-km distance was included in the first phase of the RRTS for the National Capital Region (NCR).

A senior town planner present at the meeting said, “Between Alwar and Delhi, rail connectivity is already very good as there are 22 trains, including superfast trains on the route. We have proposed Delhi-Behror as there is no rail network on this route. The board has allowed to carry out the survey of the route, which is a positive sign.”

An official said on the route places such as Bhiwadi, Shahjahanpur, Neemrana, Behror are already influenced by National Capital. “We had proposed that RIICO Industrial Area, Sotanala (Behror) should be the last point of connectivity. This would provide swift moment of passengers in the Bhiwadi-Behror-Neemrana industrial circuit.”

The urban development and housing minister, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said, “The need of the day is to connect these two areas directly to Delhi. There is also the need to give an economic boost to these areas and help in decongestion of NCR. The development of the RRTS would be parallel to NH-8, so it will help reduce the pressure on current highway traffic and also reduce the travel time form Jaipur-Delhi, from 6 hrs to 2 hrs. Now, SNB Urban Complex is also developing a major industrial hub in the Rajasthan sub region, so it should be encouraged.”

As per the previous proposal, the project would have had 19 stations between Sarai Kale Khan and Alwar. Major stations on this corridor included Bhiwadi, Tapukada, Khushkhera, Shahjahanpur, Neemrana, Behror and Khairthal. “We have registered our objection before as the station of our state was marked in Rewari, which is going to benefit other state passengers only,” an official said.

On the Delhi-Alwar route, 141-km rail lines would be above the ground and the rest 39-km would be underground. Officials further explained that land acquisition in the RRTS project will not be a problem as elevated tracks can be constructed above the median of the national highway. “The plan is in its conceptual stage and the state government is committed to the RRTS project. We can always propose changes for maximum benefits,” he said.