The NCR market is expanding. But what about public transportation connecting different upcoming NCR locations?
The upcoming RRTS (Regional Rapid Transport System) is touted to bring the NCR closer than ever before. This development has made certain upcoming NCR locations like Bhiwadi more attractive as investment destinations.
The Pressing Need for RRTS
Worsening air pollution, chaotic streets, congestion on the streets, increasing costs of living, long commuting time – are some of the reasons why Delhites are looking to move beyond the capital city. Several MNCs, industries and other employers too have moved their locations to other less congested regions of the NCR.
The development of the innovative and highly advantageous – RRTS (Regional Rapid Transport System) as part of the Integrated Transport Plan for the NCR 2032, brings in much-needed respite to the NCR residents.
The RRTS, when completed, will connect the major regional centres of the NCR with the capital city and the rest of the region, including the upcoming town of Bhiwadi. This forthcoming development is bound to lead to a further rise in interest in Bhiwadi as a sound investment destination.
Salient Features of the RRTS
The RRTS is a high-speed, high-capacity, and dedicated commuter train service that will connect the major centres of the NCR. Unlike conventional passenger commuter trains, the RRTS will provide on-time, high-frequency, super-fast travel along dedicated lines.
According to NCRTC, the RRTS network would offer world-class commuter services with trains running at high speeds up to 180kms and with frequencies of just 5 to 10 minutes. The RRTS would cross journeys of 100 km within 45 minutes to 1 hour, thereby providing a great choice for travellers commuting long distances along the NCR.
These air-conditioned trains with traverse seating will also offer comfortable overhead space for luggage.
Currently, eight corridors have been identified for the construction of the RRTS and the three main corridors of Delhi – Meerut, Delhi – Alwar, and Delhi – Panipat have been identified for priority construction.
Cheerful News for Commuters along the Delhi – Alwar Route
Once the entire line is completed, commuters can travel from Delhi to Alwar in just under two hours. The Haryana government has already given its approval for this phase of the RRTS and the NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation) will be the agency that implements the prestigious RRTS project.
When will the RRTS be launched?
According to an article published in the LiveMint, the first section of the RRTS will be launched by early 2023 and the entire Delhi – Meerut route will be ready by 2025.
The central government has emphasized time and again that Gurgaon and the rest of the NCR are where the major industrial and infrastructural developments will happen in the next few years. As part of the numerous progressive initiatives by the government like – Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Smart Cities, and Swachh Bharat – the government promotes Gurgaon, other parts of NCR and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) as the hubs of investment and industrial growth.
So, it’s essential that the region has a robust public transportation system, like the RRTS and hence work is in full swing.
Proposed Timeline of the RRTS Project
• The phase 1 of the RRTS under the NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation) with an estimated cost of Rs. 37,000 crores; is expected to be completed by December 2024.
• One of the three rapid-rail corridors under Phase 1 – the Delhi to Alwar route with 22 stations on way will be completed in three phases and a pre-construction phase:
o Pre-construction phase will happen between Jan 2019 to Dec 2019. The pre-construction activities include geo-technical surveys and pile loading tests.
o Construction Phase 1 – Delhi to SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) is scheduled to be conducted between Jan 2020 to Dec 2024. This is a total of 106kms with the first 35km between Delhi and Gurgaon mostly underground.
Very often, whenever the government announces an infrastructural growth project, citizens are skeptical as they believe that the project has to go through several levels of bureaucracy before it can ever see the light of the day.
However, as per the media sources, work has already commenced in several parts of the region. Initial soil testing for the project has been completed across zones. Here’s a short timeline of the work that has been completed so far:
● In May 2017, the government of Uttar Pradesh approved the Detailed Project Report for the Delhi – Meerut RRTS line.
● The government of Haryana has approved the DPR of the corridor from Delhi to Alwar via Gurgaon and Rewari. The construction costs of this corridor is estimated at Rs. 24,975 crores and will be funded as follows – 20% by the central government, 20% by the corresponding state governments, and the rest by other funding agencies.
● In February of this year, the central government sanctioned funds worth 30,274 crores for the construction of the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut RRTS line that runs to a distance of 82.15 km.
● In March of this year, the Honourable Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the ambitious RRTS project.
● In June, pillar constructions have started in the initial lane.
● Construction of the Phase I project from Delhi to Gurugram – Shahjahanpur – Neemrana – Behror Urban Complex (SNB) has been approved by the NCRTC.
● Geotechnical engineers have completed geotechnical investigations on the physical properties of the soil in the area and suitability for the proposed structures.
How will the RRTS impact the Living of People in and around the NCR?
● Daily ridership of 8.5 lakhs is expected on this corridor in 2025.
● Increased economic activity in the NCR as companies and industries would be able to attract the best of the talent in the region, thanks to super-fast connectivity and commutes.
● Improved access to jobs. The RRTS will make it easy for employees to travel longer distances in shorter times, thereby making daily work commutes hassle-free.
● The RRTS Stations will be integrated with other existing public transport lines providing commuters with efficient last-mile connectivity. Here’s an overview of the integration of some of the key RRTS stations with other existing metro lines:
○ The upcoming RRTS Sarai Kale Khan station will be integrated with the Pine Line of Delhi Metro, the ISBT Sarai Kale Khan and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station.
○ The RRTS Jor Bagh station will feed into the Delhi Metro Yellow line.
○ The RRTS Munrika station will feed into the Delhi Metro Magenta line.
○ The RRTS Aerocity station will be integrated with the airport terminal, the DMRC station at Aerocity and the proposed airport line from the airport to Tughlakabad.
○ The RRTS Udyog Vihar station will be integrated with the proposed extensions lines of Gurgaon Rapid Metro and Gurgaon Railway station.
The next generational mass transport system, the RRTS will not only cut down travel times in the NCR, but will also help to reduce air pollution and traffic jams significantly.
Bhiwadi Becomes More Attractive with the Upcoming RRTS
Delhi real estate market is no longer a top choice for investors due to its limited supply, burgeoning population, high prices and overloaded infrastructure. The demand for emerging regions of the NCR like Bhiwadi is on the rise due to better lifestyle, lower cost of living, freedom, and security offered. This small Rajasthani town is just 40kms away from Gurgaon and is one of the key regions identified for the initial construction of the RRTS.If you are interested in purchasing a home in the NCR or looking for investing in a property in the region, then Bhiwadi is a great choice, with high potential for returns on your investment.
With the RRTS project underway, property prices are likely to shoot up significantly once the RRTS is completed. Act now, pick up your preferred property in Bhiwadi and make a smart investment without overshooting your budget.
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