NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): In a major push to Make in India, the entire rolling stock to be used for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor will be manufactured in the country, with around 80% local content, an official of the project implementing agency has said.
Bombardier Transportation, which won the rolling stock contract for the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), will start delivering the coaches from April 2022 onwards, a year before a priority section of the project is targeted to be commissioned, Vinay Kumar Singh, managing director of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), said.
“The contract had a provision for 75% local manufacturing, but now it has been decided that the entire rolling stock will be manufactured at Bombardier’s manufacturing unit in Savli, near Vadodara, Gujarat,” he told ET in an exclusive interaction. “The local content is more than 80% in these train sets.” The global mobility solutions giant had in May won a Rs 2,500-crore contract to supply 40 train sets for the corridor.
NCRTC is a joint venture company of the Centre and states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, mandated to implement the RRTS project across the National Capital Region (NCR). The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is being built at a cost of Rs 30,274 crore. Of this, 20% is borne by Centre, 3.22% by Delhi, and 16.78% by Uttar Pradesh. The rest 60% would be raised through multilateral funding.
The transit system aims to help decongest Delhi-NCR roads and improve regional connectivity. The trains are expected to reduce travel time from Delhi to Meerut to less than an hour minutes. The expected daily ridership is estimated at 8 Lakhs.