Panel suggest underground system for Rapid Rail Transit System Corridor in Gurgaon

Gurgaon (GGN): A committee has suggested that the stretch of the proposed Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) corridor in Gurgaon be made underground as well to ensure timely completion and avert litigation over land acquisition.

The committee constituted to decide on the alignment of the Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar RRTS said on Wednesday that the stretch from IFFCO chowk in Gurgaon also be made underground.

The proposed 180-km rail network, a central government project, aims to connect Delhi to Alwar via Gurgaon and Rewari. According to the original plan, the first 38km of the corridor from Kashmere Gate in Delhi to IFFCO Chowk would be underground, and the speed with which the train would ply here is about 100km per hour. The remaining length of the corridor after IFFCO Chowk was planned to be via tracks on the ground level after which trains would shuttle to their destination at 160kmph.

However, the development of the RRTS corridor after IFFCO Chowk would involve major land acquisition, for which a meeting was called under the chairmanship of the HUDA administrator Anita Yadav to discuss the alignment of the corridor from IFFCO Chowk towards Kherki Daula. According to Yadav, land has to be acquired in Mohammadpur Jharsa, Narsinghpur and Kherki Daula, apart from a 22-metre-wide strip of land for the ‘right of way’ for the RRTS project.

She said that a survey conducted in 2011 by Urban Mass Transit Company Limited said 41 structures were falling within these portions of land to be acquired for alignment.

” In view of these issues, the committee is of the view that even the remaining portion of the corridor in Gurgaon also be made underground so that timely completion of the project is ensured and any litigations in the acquisition process can be avoided,” she said.

The meeting on Wednesday by the committee to explore the cost and possibility of acquisition of structures for the RRTS project included Senior Town Planner VK Goel, District Town Planner Sanjay Kumar, HUDA Superintendent Engineers A K Gutpa and A K Maken, Naib Tehsildar for the Land Acquisition Officer Mahavir Singh apart from HUDA Administrator Anita Yadav who chaired the meeting.