In a move to decongest Delhi and to reduce the pollution level, the state and central government are trying to revive the 35-km Ring Railway line. The railway line, constructed in 1975, once used to be the lifeline of the capital, but over the last two decades, this rail network has faced neglect as the demographic makeup of the city changed drastically, which led to a huge drop in passenger traffic.
The railway line, which has 21 local stations, was built between the Nizammudin and New Delhi Railway Stations. A senior railway official told The Indian Express, ”Railways with the help of the state government wants to revive the infrastructure of the Ring Railway”.
Railways will ascertain the scope of work that has to be done to revive the system. A railway official told the Indian Express that the use of existing resources will be made before the system is revived. Railways will constitute a study to see how much the system can contribute to the national capital.
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Sources told the Indian Express that officials are looking into the land use plan and the existing masterplan. Officials are also looking into similar models of transit systems across the world.
A source in the Railway Ministry told the Indian Express that ”passenger trains are running daily, the service includes four express trains and five suburban passenger trains. These trains carry approximately 3000 to 4000 passengers daily. On the basis of this data the Railways have decided to revive the ring rail network.”