Motorists on the Rohtak-Delhi and Rohtak-Sonepat roads can breathe easy. A first-of-its-kind elevated railway track project is all set to come up in Rohtak, the 6th most populous city in Haryana.
This aims at decongesting Rohtak city, providing safety to road users by eliminating five busy level crossings connecting residential colonies, and enable operational flexibility for the Railways
Manohar Lal Khattar, the Haryana CM, formally launched the project on March 17, 2018. The ambitious, 6-km track, costing around Rs 316 crore, is set to come up on the Rohtak-Panipat line in 18 months, and the existing railway track will be replaced by a road, which will be built at the cost of Rs 8 crore.
This is a paradigm shift, from regular construction practices, as the railways will take the aerial route, for the first time. The road will be constructed below the track.
The elevated railway track will be extremely beneficial. It will reduce traffic jams, and since there is no need to acquire land for the project, thousands of residents around the existing railway track would not lose their land. The corridor will also be financially more viable when pitted against the compensation the landowners would’ve received.
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Globally, the concept of elevated corridors is not new. Countries like Japan, Germany and France, have constructed elevated corridors for high-speed trains.
Here’s hoping the elevated corridor in Rohtak can streamline traffic, and shorten travel time.