Railway plans Mass Transit System between Mathura and Vrindavan

Indian Railways is looking to monetise land banks along the rail track between two popular religious tourist destinations Mathura and Vrindavan. The development of mass transit system between these two points would be coupled with parking zones and commercial establishments like hotels, flea markets and eateries in the region.

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has awarded the tender of the pre-feasibility study to Feedback Infra Pvt. Ltd. The objective of the pre-feasibility study is to assess the development and monetization of a mass transit system between Mathura and Vrindavan track.

The pre-feasibility study aligns with the vision of the government to develop and monetise a mass transit system in approximately a 12 km meter gauge track between Mathura and Vrindavan. The track is not widely used and has a right of way (ROW) of 20-22 meters.

“Vrindavan is a well-known religious destination and witnesses a high influx of pilgrims every year. The proposed transport solution will be instrumental in ushering commercial development, generation of employment opportunities and boosting the tourism potential of the region. The strategic location along with good connectivity will offer a good return on investment to commercial players,” said Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice- Chairman, Railway Land Development Authority.

The selected consultant, Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd will be required to conduct a detailed study on traffic analysis, the recommendation of transport solution, monetization potential of project and estimation of financial and economic returns. The duration for the completion of the pre-feasibility study is 40 days.

The proposed mass transit solution will comprise a 2/3 lane road along with a bridged metro/light rail/bus transit system that can withstand a high footfall of passengers.