MEERUT People’s long pending demand for a railway line between western UP and Haryana will soon be met.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Meerut-Panipat railway line has been prepared and is expected to be approved soon with some modifications to the alignment route.
The Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Dr. Sanjeev Baliyan, who is also an MP for Muzaffarnagar, has been pursuing the project for six years. He recently met the Minister of Railways and a delegation of local residents regarding the project.
Speaking to HT over the phone, the Minister said that the detailed project report had been prepared with a budget allocation of ₹3500 crores. Baliyan said that the experts who prepared the report feared its high cost “It was decided to reduce the cost by making some changes to the lineup and I hope it will happen roughly ₹2200 crore,” Baliyan said.
He said the project was announced in 2016 to connect Daurala (Meerut) to Panipat in Haryana and he suggested a route through the districts of Sardhana, Budhana, Jaula, Elam of Meerut and Muzaffarnagar, the MP for Baghpat , Dr. Satyapal Singh, however, suggested a route through Agarwal Mandi to Baghpat.
The case was then referred to the state government to decide the route and finally the route suggested by Dr. Baliyan was finalized in 2019. The Ministry of Railways then asked the experts to prepare a DPR of the project.
People have been calling for a railway line linking Meerut and Panipat for a long time. Currently, people from western UP travel to Panipat via Delhi.
Dr. Baliyan said the new railway line between Panipat and Meerut will reduce travel time between the two states (UP and Haryana) and also help boost trade.
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