Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Between Palwal-Sonipat Approved by Union Cabinet

The Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs has approved the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project, a statement from the Ministry of Railways has said.

The 121 kilometre project will run from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna, Manesar and Kharkhauda. Current cost of the project is estimated at 5,617 crores. The project is expected to be completed in five years.

The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project will be executed by the Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited. This is a joint venture company formed between the Haryana state government and the Ministry of Railways. Private stakeholders are also likely to be involved.

Reducing Congestion in the National Capital Region

The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project will help divert north–bound traffic through the outskirts Delhi region. This will reduce the load on the highly congested network around the national capital.

Feasibility study for the project was completed in early 2019.

The Ministry of Railways claims 20,000 passengers use HORC every day. 50 million tons of goods traffic is also expected to be carried through this route every year.

This Rail Line will start from Palwal and end at 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).

The route will pass through Palwal, Nuh, Gurugram, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts in Haryana state and open up the area for multimodal logistics hubs that serve the national capital region.

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The line will be laid to standard broad gauge specifications fit for 160 km/h maximum speeds.

The state government expects this route will provide high-speed seamless connectivity of this region to the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor network and improve access to ports. This will likely speed up movement of goods between the ports and the consumption areas in and around Delhi.

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