New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently approved a USD $1 billion funding package for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor. The loan will be used for financing civil works, railway tracks, station buildings, multi-modal hubs, maintenance depots, traction and power supply of the corridor as per different sources.
The proposed rapid transit project is critical not only for decongesting Delhi but also for reducing hazardous air pollution by encouraging public transport. The project will result in a better and efficient public transport system in the NCR and its surrounding areas.
The RRTS corridor, under the National Capital Regional Transport Corporation, will let travellers cover the 82-km distance between the two cities in just 60 minutes.
All you need to know about Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS project:
- This RRTS is a rail-based, high-speed regional transit system. It will be the fastest, most comfortable and safest model of commuter transport in the National Capital Region (NCR).
- The rapid rail will have a speed of about 180 Kmph and all the trains will have a state-of-the-art design. Passengers will enjoy aircraft-like seating and other modern facilities.
- The rapid rail line will run along the Delhi-Meerut highway. As per Niti Aayog, this project aims to take over one lakh private vehicles of the road.
- The project will involve innovative designing, technology and institutional management. The RRTS aims to streamline the urban transportation system which is stressed due to an increase in private vehicles.
- Of the total 82.15 km, 68.03 Km would be elevated while the rest 14.12 Km will be underground.
The 82-kilometre rapid transit system (RRTS) network is the first of three priority rail corridors in the country’s integrated transport network under the NCR Regional Plan 2021. This project will finance the construction of railway tracks, station buildings, maintenance facilities, and traction and power supply as per the data provided by different sources.