Haryana is a state that is well known for its overall infrastructural development over the past. However, its railways, especially in the rural areas, need work to be done. It is not that no steps have been taken to tackle the issue but the question is have they proved to be enough? There are areas such as Rewari, Loharu, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Rohtak where serious work needs to be done in terms of improving the existing rail infrastructure. Yet another neglected area over the years has been rail bridges. One feels that plenty of over bridges need to be constructed at the railway stations across the state.
In the urban areas, where the scenario is supposed to be better than what one will see in the remotest corners of the state, there is a requirement to improve the connectivity presently on offer. Factors that are worth considering in this case are setting up arrangements so that the whole system can be controlled with computers and there are multimodal linkages all around. Faridabad, Bahadurgarh, Gurgaon and Kundli, which are important satellite towns in Haryana, need to be linked with Delhi through trains, which will operate on a regular basis and make lives easier for one and all.
It is also necessary to improve the rapid rail transit system in these cities and there are several reasons for such a statement. To start with a lot of the people in these areas regularly visit Delhi for work and thanks to the added number of commuters, everyday there is immense pressure on the existing infrastructure in Delhi, which is being stretched to its limit. With more trains to and from Delhi from these locations the pressure will also be less on the capital city of India. Plus, with the improved rail infrastructure in these parts there will also be added development as more people will be willing to live here.
This will also have a positive aftereffect on the business side of things with the opening up of several establishments to cater to the increasing number of people. From the point of view of environmental benefits, with a better developed rail infrastructure, Haryana will see a welcome reduction in the fuel emissions as well as its overall carbon footprints in the long run perhaps as soon as 2021.
The condition of railway infrastructure in Haryana can be gauged from the fact that on 2013 it received a new railway line after 33 years. Development of metro rail is also an important component that needs to be looked at carefully in this regard. In fact, the neighbouring Delhi has shown how important these fast moving trains are to the smooth functioning of a city. Right now, it may be wishful thinking to think of all the towns to be connected to each other with metros. However, some work has already been done in Gurgaon, which is primarily an extension of the line at Delhi and perhaps the important satellite towns need to be carefully looked at.
It is said that sometimes you need to go and take hold of your destiny and not wait for things to happen. The state government of Haryana needs to adopt a proactive approach in building its rail infrastructure and make sure that as many areas as possible are covered by these so that the fruits of its development are available everywhere.