Extension of the Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat rapid rail transit system (RRTS) till Karnal will help further fast-track development in the rapidly growing township, government and industry sources told INFRASTRUCTURE TODAY.
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khatter had recently discussed the extension of the Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat corridor of the regional rapid transit system (RRTS) till Karnal. The total length of the corridor will be 103 km with 17 stations, including Murthal depot station. This matter has been under discussion since the initial months of 2020. The concurrence to the proposed extension will greatly enhance seamless transport facilities throughout the entire National Capital Region (NCR) including Karnal. The share of the Haryana government in the Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridor is around Rs 50 billion, which amounts to 16 per cent of the project’s total cost.
Karnal, which was sparsely populated some ten years ago, has grown in size. Over the past few years, the town has witnessed rapid growth, providing residents a great opportunity to maintain a quality lifestyle in a small city. The development work includes the building of new projects, city bus service, installation of CCTV cameras, multi-storeyed parking arrangements, infrastructure development like widening of roads connecting Karnal, the building of hospitals and hotels, and strengthening of drainage and sewage systems. Structural reforms undertaken by the government like the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojna, goods and services tax (GST), Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), etc., have helped in the development of Karnal as an upcoming realty destination.
Expressing his views on Karnal’s development, Ashish Sarin, CEO of the real estate developer, AlphaCorp said, “Karnal's proximity to Delhi as well as Chandigarh makes it a highly sought-after residential hub of NCR. With the announcement of the extension of RRTS till Karnal, the city is expected to grow rapidly, with ease in connectivity with other regions. The decision will give a boost to the realty sector of Karnal as the demand for both residential and commercial segments is likely to increase, considering the factor of seamless connectivity.”
Sarin also felt that the city was becoming increasingly attractive for investments because of its modern infrastructure, good connectivity, great amenities and pollution-free environment.
“The city, therefore, has a bright future and the area can be considered as the next realty destination of NCR,” he added.
Karnal enjoys good connectivity with the adjoining metros like Delhi and Chandigarh. The development of RRTS till the city will work as another arm added in its infrastructural development that will significantly benefit the region.