LUCKNOW, INDIA (Metro Rail News): Boosting regional connectivity in NCR, the UP govt has allotted Rs. 900 Crore to country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System in the state budget. Previously this year the GoI has allotted Rs. 2,487 crores to RRTS in the union budget.
The Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor on 8th March 2019. With the meticulous planning and expertise of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) team the construction work was started immediately. The distance of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor is 82 kilometres long. The construction work on the 17 km priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is going on in full swing. The construction work of pillars has been underway between Sahibabad and Duhai. First girder (segment) for the viaduct of Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor has been casted at NCRTC’s casting yard located at Vasundhara, Ghaziabad. The viaducts will also be soon visible on the ground. The operation on the main section is proposed from March 2023. The main section has four stations which are Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Duhai.
At the same time construction work is in progress at other sections as well, initial pile load test is underway among Shatabdi Nagar to Modipuram. Tenders have been floated for carrying out an initial pile load test in Delhi section from Sarai Kale Khan to Anand Vihar Terminal. Tender for design and development of tunnels of Delhi portion by Tunnel Boring Machine from New Ashok Nagar Ramp, New Delhi to Sahibabad Ramp in Ghaziabad has additionally been floated.
Engagement of Detailed Design Consultant for Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar RRTS stations including the Multimodal Integration scheme and setting up a stabling yard at Jungpura, Also New Delhi is underway.
Over a design speed of 180 km/h and operational speed of 160 km/h, the RRTS trains will be different and one of its kinds in India. The aerodynamic coaches will be self-propelled on electric traction with 25KV AC System. The RRTS trains are being structured with state-of-the-art advanced technology. The Delhi – Ghaziabad– Meerut RRTS will be immensely helpful in curbing pollution in the zone. The high-speed rail will promise to cover the distance among Meerut and New Delhi in under 60 minutes.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation, the implementing agency of RRTS is a JV of the Govt of India (50%) and State Govt’s of Haryana (12.5%), NCT Delhi (12.5%), UP (12.5%) and Rajasthan (12.5%). It is mandated to design, construct, finance, operate and manage RRTS in NCR and works under the administrative control of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, GOI.