CCEA okays Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor from Palwal to Sonipat

New Delhi, September 15, 2020

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval to the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar-Kharkhauda.

This rail line will start from Palwal and end at existing Harsana Kalan station (on Delhi-Ambala section). This will also give connectivity to existing Patli Station (on Delhi-Rewari line), Sultanpur station (on Garhi Harsaru-Farukhnagar Line) and Asaudha Station (on Delhi Rohtak Line), an official press release said.

The project will be implemented by Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HRIDC), a joint venture company set up by the Ministry of Railways with Haryana Government.

The project will have joint participation of the Ministry of Railways, Government of Haryana and private stakeholders.

The estimated completion cost of the project is Rs. 5,617 crore. The project is likely to be completed in five years, the release said.

The districts of Palwal, Nuh, Gurugram, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts of Haryana will be benefitted through this rail line, it said.

the line will facilitate diversion of traffic not meant for Delhi, thus decongesting the National Capital Region ( NCR), and will help in developing multimodal logistics hubs in Haryana State sub-region of NCR.

It will provide high-speed seamless connectivity of this region to the Dedicated Freight Corridor networkm resulting in the reduction of cost and time of transportation of goods from NCR to ports, making exports more competitive, the release said.

The corridor, along with other initiatives, will provide enabling infrastructure to attract multinational industries to set up manufacturing units to fulfil the "Make in India" mission, it said.

The project will connect unserved areas of the state of Haryana, thereby boosting economic and social activities. The multipurpose transport project will also facilitate affordable and faster commuter travel, long-distance travel in different directions from Gurugram and the industrial regions of Manesar, Sohna, Farukhnagar, Kharkhauda and Sonipat, it said.

Approximately 20,000 passengers each day will be travelling through this line and 50 million tonnes of goods traffic would also be carried every year, the release said.

"The Orbital Rail Corridor from Palwal to Sonipat bypassing Delhi is a crucial infrastructure project for sustainable development of the National Capital Region and to decongest existing Indian Railway network in Delhi area.

"The alignment of this project is adjacent to the western peripheral (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal) Expressway and has been under consideration for some time. The project will have connectivity with all the existing railway routes originating from Delhi and passing through Haryana as well as with the Dedicated Freight Corridor network," the release added.


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