Delhi-Meerut RRTS: Priority Stretch Ready for Public Services, DB RRTS Operations Takes Charge

NCRTC Hands Over Operation and Maintenance of Rapidx Trains on 17 Km Priority Stretch to DB RRTS Operations

Rapidx Train/Representational image
Representational image

DELHI (Metro Rail News): Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor’s 17 Km priority stretch is prepared for commissioning to the public services. The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and the relevant state governments are working together to execute the RRTs corridor through a special purpose organisation called National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC). Before the 17 km section between Ghaziabad and Duhai is put into service, the project is turned over to DB RRTS Operations India Private Limited (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn E.C.O Group) for operations and maintenance of Rapidx trains for a 12-year period.

There will be five RRTS stations along this line, located in Sahibabad, Guldhar, Ghaziabad, Duhai, and Duhai Depot.

According to an NCRTC official, “The system has undergone the necessary testing, and the trial runs of the RAPIDX trains have been successfully completed.” Deutsche Bahn India has also taken over the management & maintenance of the system.

A 12-year contract for Rs. 1493.08 crore was granted by the NCRTC to DB Engineering & Consulting (International Operations) way back in July 2022 for the operation and maintenance of the 82.15-kilometer Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit system (RRTS).

On the Delhi-Meerut RRTs route, DB IO will run 40 RRTS trains in addition to being in charge of maintaining the rail network. The network is anticipated to accommodate more than 800,000 passengers per day if fully operational. Beginning in 2023, operations will be introduced gradually, according to a statement from DB International Operations.

The Semi-high speed Rapidx trains are being provided to NCRTC by the French multinational enterprise Alstom Transport. As part of the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative, Alstom’s Savli Coach Facility Centre in Vadodara, Gujarat, is producing the trains.

Between Delhi and Meerut, the proposed regional rapid transit system will reduce travel time by almost 70%, giving a big relief to the commuters.

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