CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has accorded approval to the proposal of establishing a 95 kilometers new rail line from Panipat to Asaoti in Palwal via Rohtak-Jhajjar-Farukhnagar-Patli-Manesar-Sohna rail route bypassing Delhi.
This new rail line would be developed by the newly set up Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (HRIDC), said an official spokesman.
He said that this new route would provide direct connectivity for Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Palwal, Sohna and Gurugram with other districts of Haryana and Chandigarh and thus facilitate fast passenger connectivity (avoiding Delhi) to all the important places including the capital of the state and running of Shatabdi like trains from Gurugram to Chandigarh.
This would decongest Delhi rail network and immensely beneficial to the National Capital Region from an environment point of view by reducing the high density of both passenger and goods traffic in Delhi, he said.
The spokesman also said that the passage of rail network of Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh and Palwal area thorough Delhi is a major bottleneck in its industrial growth. The proposed new line would, thus, open up a new era of development of state’s economy.
While divulging details about the new rail line, he said that the major part of the route already exists on Indian Railway network and only missing links would be required to be provided. The route from Panipat to Jhajjar via Rohtak already exists. Jhajjar could be connected to already existing station at Farukhnagar through a new Railway line of about 30 Kilometers, the spokesman said.
He further said that while Farukhnagar to Garhi Harsaru and Garhi Harsaru to Patli are existing Railway lines, Patli to Asaoti new railway line via Manesar and Sohna, of about 60 Km length, would be required to be constructed. In addition, provision of Y-connections would be made at Garhi Harsaru, Patli and Asaoti Railway Stations.
The spokesman said that the development of this route is likely to give rise to new Greenfield Projects of Multi Modal Logistic Parks (MMLPs) in this region by the CONCOR or other players. This route would also facilitate direct connectivity (avoiding Delhi) for the major CONCOR depot at Tughlakabad to various important destinations in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan and Gujarat states, he said.
Besides, this would also give connectivity to the DFC at Asaoti which would facilitate traffic inflow/outflow from the entire Haryana State to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL). Thus, the Public Sector Undertakings like CONCOR, DFCCIL and HSIIDC could also be incorporated as partners with the HRIDC, he added.