Cabinet nod for 122-km Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project connecting Palwal to Sonipat | India News

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the 122-km Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project connecting Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna, Manesar and Kharkhauda. Manesar near Gurgaon and Kharkhauda in Sonipat are two major industrial hubs in Haryana.
The broad gauge double railway line for passenger and freight movement will have design speed of 160 kmph and will have the capacity to carry 60 million tonnes of freight and 40 million passengers each way annually. The project will cost around Rs 5,617 crore and it is likely to be completed in five years.
Announcing the decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Hindi saying, “This is good news for people of Haryana. The Cabinet has approved the orbital corridor project from Palwal to Sonipat. This will help reduce traffic congestion in the Delhi-NCR and will also help development of multi-modal logistics parks.”
The corridor will start from Palwal and end at the existing Harsana Kalan station on Delhi-Ambala section. This will also give connectivity en route to existing Patli station on Delhi-Rewari line, Sultanpur station on Garhi Harsaru-Farukhnagar line and Asaudha Station on Delhi Rohtak line.
An official statement said this new railway line will have connectivity with all existing railway routes originating from Delhi and passing through Haryana. This will also have connectivity with the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) network and will benefit Palwal, Nuh, Gurgaon, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts.
“It will provide high-speed seamless connectivity of this region to the DFC network resulting in reduction of cost and time of transportation for EXIM (export-import) traffic from NCR to ports of India, making exports of goods more competitive,” the government said.
Though the plan was first announced by then Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in 2012 to have an orbital rail corridor along the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway, the Union Cabinet under Modi had approved the setting up of Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HRIDC) in February in 2016 to implement the project. HRIDC is a joint venture set up by the railway ministry with the Haryana government.
Haryana chief minister Manoharlal Khattar tweeted that the project will promote Atmanirbhar Bharat, accelerate economic activities and will attract investment from multi-national industries.

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