Railway officer VK Singh to head NCRTC

vk singh ncrtcNew Delhi: Railway officer Vinay Kumar Singh is learnt to have been chosen for appointment as Managing Director of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the implementing agency for the three corridors of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in the NCR zone.

While about 30 senior officials in the government had shown interest for the post of MD of the newly-formed NCRTC, about 15 were interviewed by the search and selection committee for the job.

The committee comprises Urban Development Secretary, Railway Board Member (Staff), an official from the DoPT and an expert from World Bank among others.

Singh has got the nod for the job and his appointment will be shortly announced, sources in the Urban Development Ministry said.

Currently Singh is with the RVNL, a railway PSU, and is involved in the study of high speed rail corridors.

NCRTC will execute three rapid rail corridors to Panipat, Meerut and Alwar from the capital at an estimated cost of Rs 72,170 crore. The corridors are expected to considerably reduce the travel time.

Detailed Project Reports (DPR) of the 111 km-long Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat corridor, 90 km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad- Meerut route and 180 km Delhi-Rewari-Alwar route are being prepared.

The Delhi government has also approved the alignments of the three RRTS corridors.

The speed on the RRTS corridors will be higher than the current Delhi Metro service and the distance separating two stations will also be longer.

As per the plan, the maximum speed of RRTS trains can be upto 150 km per hour and minimum distance between stations will be about 4 to 5 km.

The high-speed connectivity will facilitate seamless travel between the capital and suburbs.


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