NEW DELHI: Most stations on the three Phase I priority corridors of the Regional Rapid Transport System are being integrated with the Delhi Metro network to enable a convenient and seamless journey for commuters without the need to exit the RRTS stations.On the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, four stations at Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad will be linked with the nearest Delhi Metro stations. For instance, the Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will be integrated with the Pink Line metro station and the New Ashok Nagar RRTS station with Delhi Metro’s Blue Line. The RRTS station at Anand Vihar will be linked with both the Pink and Blue lines, while Ghaziabad RRTS will have connectivity with Delhi Metro’s Red Line.Similarly, some RRTS stations of the two other corridors – Delhi-Gurgaon-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat – will be connected with the metro network. The Delhi-Gurgaon-SNB-Alwar corridor will have four stations that will have a link with metro stations at Sarai Kale Khan, INA, Munirka and Aerocity. On the other corridor, the RRTS stations at Indraprastha, Kashmere Gate and Burari on the Delhi-Panipat corridor will be integrated with the metro network.Apart from connectivity with Delhi Metro, most RRTS stations will also be integrated with airports, railway stations, bus terminals and expressways. The plan is to create a vast network of networks for better ridership and long-term sustainability. An official of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is executing the RRTS project, said, “RRTS stations are being designed in a way to enable commuters to move from one mode of transport to another without exiting the station. Lifts, escalators and overbridges are being built to make this possible. This will be especially beneficial for women, the elderly, children, physically challenged and people travelling with heavy luggage.”An NCRTC official noted that reasons for not using public transport were irregular service, overcrowding and lack of last-mile connectivity. “Multi-modal integration of public transport modes will address some of these problems and will provide a sustainable solution,” the officials said. “All means of public transportation will be accessible without having to step outside to the roads. This will also limit the traffic jams and congestion outside stations.”The construction of the 82km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is in full swing. The corridor is expected to open for the public in 2025, but the priority section of 17km between Sahibabad and Duhai is expected to be commissioned by April this year.The second 198km Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar corridor will be constructed in three stages. In the first stage will be the 107km stretch from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to SNB Urban Complex (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror). The second stage will see the line extended to Sotanala (33.3km), with Shahjahanpur, Neemrana and Behror in between. The final extension to Alwar (58km) will be done in the third stage.Heading out in the north westerly direction from Delhi, the Delhi-Panipat corridor, 103 km long and with 17 stations, will connect the capital with towns such as Murthal, Gannaur, Samalkha and Panipat in Haryana. These are populated with a large number of educational and hospitality institutions.