A total of Rs 20,000 crore has been allocated for Mass Rapid Transit System projects, which includes all metro projects across the country and the RRTS project.
In a major boost to regional connectivity in the National Capital Region, the Centre on 1st February 2020 (Saturday) allocated Rs 2,487 crore to the country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in the Budget.
There is no separate allocation for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which has started work on its Phase IV project.
“Centre has provided a consolidated allocation for all metro projects and DMRC would ask for funds as per its requirement from the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, which is the nodal authority for all metro projects,” a source said.
Of the eight identified RRTS corridors to connect various NCR towns, three have been prioritised for implementation in Phase-I by the planning commission-appointed task force. “These include the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar corridor and Delhi-Panipat corridor,” said a spokesperson for NCR Transport Corporation, which is mandated to implement the project.
The spokesperson added that civil construction of the 82-km Delhi-Meerut corridor is in full swing and piling and pier works are being done on the 17km priority section between Sahibabad to Duhai.