GUJARAT (Metro Rail News): Mr. Vinay Kumar Singh, MD, NCRTC, along with other dignitaries from NCRTC and Alstom India flagged off the first RRTS trainset today in an event held in presence of Mr. Manoj Joshi Secretary, MoHUA, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs and other dignitaries.
The ceremony of handing over the manufactured trainsets to NCRTC has been organised at the manufacturing plant of Alstom, where the keys of the RRTS trainsets were handed over to NCRTC. Under the Make in India initiative, 100 per cent of these state-of-the-art RRTS train sets are being manufactured in India, at the Alstom’s factory in Savli, Gujarat.
“RRTS is a strategic intervention of Government of India, aimed at enabling balanced and sustainable development of the region to realise Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of new age infrastructure for New India,” said Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri.
“Not only trainsets for India’s RRTS & MRTS systems are being manufactured at this facility, but trainsets for high-speed rail systems across the globe are also being manufactured & exported from here, shows India’s giant leap in technology & manufacturing,” Mr. Manoj Joshi said.
These trainsets will be brought on the large trailers to Duhai depot being developed at Ghaziabad at a rapid pace for the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut RRTS corridor. All facilities of operation and maintenance of these trainsets are nearing completion at this depot.
The interiors along with the commuter-centric features of India’s first RRTS trains have recently unveiled on March 16, 2022, at the Duhai Depot, Ghaziabad. These RRTS trains will be the fastest trains in India with a design speed of 180km/h, operational speed of 160km/h and an average speed of 100 km /h.
The modern RRTS trains will have ergonomically designed 2×2 transverse cushioned seating, wide standing space, luggage racks, CCTV cameras, laptop/mobile charging facility, dynamic route maps, auto control ambient lighting system, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) and other amenities. The air-conditioned RRTS trains will have Standard as well as Premium class (one coach per train) along with one coach reserved for women commuters. It will also have a premium coach, luggage space in coaches and space for stretchers/wheelchairs to ferry ailing patients. Every seat has a USB charging point and wider gangway than metro rail for standing commuters.
The manufacturing facility at Savli will be delivering a total of 210 cars for the first RRTS corridor. This includes trainsets for operating regional transit services on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor and for local transit services in Meerut.
The construction work on the RRTS corridor is going on full swing. After the arrival of the trains, initial trial runs are expected to commence on the priority section by the end of this year. The 17 km Priority Section, between Sahibabad to Duhai, is targeted to be commissioned by 2023 and the full corridor by 2025.