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Govt puts on hold plans to extend RRTS

The Delhi government has deferred plans to extend Regional Rapid Transit System within Delhi.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 3, 2012 1:23:03 am

The Delhi government has deferred plans to extend Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) within Delhi. In a meeting held on Wednesday,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said “the government would let work start on this project and decide later on whether the corridor should be extended within the city or not”.

“We do not want Delhi to be dug up. Extending the RRTS within Delhi would also mean expenditure on our part. In the past,we had given funds for projects like Munak Canal and Western and Eastern Peripheral Expressways. But I have been told that nothing is happening in both cases. So let these corridors be extended till our borders first and then we will decide if there is any advantage in extending it further,’’ said Dikshit.

According to the CM,people can make use of Metro and buses to enter the city from border areas. Government sources said the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has now been asked to specify the advantages of the RRTS entering the city.

The Delhi government had raised objections to the RRTS entering the city in a meeting held last month and had said that this transport system should be limited to the outskirts of the city to avoid “congestion problems”.’

Work on three corridors,Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar,Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat and Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut,are expected to start by early next year. These links are expected to provide fast and reliable connectivity to those districts in UP,Haryana and Rajasthan that have been identified as the major contributors to Delhi’s increasing migrant population.

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