In order to facilitate much-needed connectivity to Narela, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning to create a multi-modal transit hub in Alipur. DDA has built thousands of flats in Narela but unlike Dwarka, Narela suffers primarily due to absence of reliable public transport to ensure connectivity with the heart of the city.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had proposed a 22-km-long corridor connecting Rithala to Narela as part of its Phase IV project, which is yet to be approved by the central government. There are also plans to construct a more affordable ‘Metrolite’ or ‘MetroNeo’ corridor on the route instead.
As the Rithala-Narela corridor is expected to provide much-needed connectivity to Narela, DDA will be partially funding the project. DDA now plans to create and facilitate a ‘transit hub’ that will connect the Metro or Metrolite corridor with other modes of transport like the existing Narela railway station and Narela bus terminal.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) also plans to have a station in Alipur, which would be part of its proposed Delhi-Panipat Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor. While work is going on in full swing at the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor and a large section of the Delhi-Alwar RRTS corridor has also been approved, the Delhi-Panipat corridor is yet to get a final nod.
What DDA plans is a hub where even though the Delhi Metro and RRTS corridors might not come very close to each other at Alipur, interchange facility should be available in some way, apart from seamless connectivity with the railway station and bus terminal.
DDA plans to integrate these four different modes of transport in such a way that passengers wouldn’t need to come out of the ‘hub’ and can change from one mode to another on foot.
Apart from these modes of mass transit, there will also be provisions to accommodate and provide space to paratransit like autorickshaws and cabs and last-mile connectivity in the shape of e-rickshaws and other modes.
In its budget presented last month, DDA had earmarked a sizeable component of its expenditure for the development of Narela. It has committed to provide Rs 1,000 crore in a phased manner for the proposed Rithala-Bawana-Narela corridor of Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project and a provision of Rs 400 crore has been made in the present budget.