Bringing satellite towns in Haryana closer to Delhi,an electrical multiple unit (EMU) train will start operations next week on the Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak rail route. Currently,only passenger trains run on this stretch.
The EMU service,which will be a quicker and economical commuting option,will be flagged off from Rohtak on March 3 by Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The EMU train will be a new landmark in the development of the railway network and facilities in Haryana.The Rohtak-Delhi electrification project was approved in September 2007 and this will be first EMU service on this route, Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda said.
The EMU service is expected to reduce travel time by at least 30 minutes. A train currently takes three hours to cover the distance between Delhi and Rohtak. With the induction of the EMU,travel time will come down to two-and-half hours.
The EMU will leave Rohtak at 7 am and reach the Delhi railway station at 9.15 am. On the return trip,it will set out at 3.50 pm from Delhi railway station and reach Rohtak at 6.20 pm.
While the bus fare from Rohtak to Delhi is Rs 60,EMU travel will cost only Rs 15. The train will halt at 15 stations between Delhi and Rohtak Kishanganj,Vivekananda Puri,Daya Basti,Shakur Basti,Mangolpuri,Nangloi,Mundka,Ghevra,Bahadurgarh,Asaudah,Rohad Nagar,Sampla,Ismaila,Kharawar and Asthal Bohar.
A rail line has been laid between Rewari,Jhajjar and Rohtak while work on the tracks between Jind,Bhambhewa,Gohana and Sonepat will be completed this year. Further construction work on the Hansi-Meham-Rohtak rail line will start next month.
The newly approved rail lines of Delhi-Sohna-Nuh-Firozpur Jhirka-Alwar,Hisar-Agroha-Fatehabad-Sirsa and Chandigarh-Yamunanagar are also expected to improve rail connectivity in the region.