DELHI (Metro Rail News): Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and Chairman NCRTC Mr Manoj Joshi along with Mr Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC, on Sunday, 3rd April, inspected the ongoing construction work of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
The visit started from Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station which is being developed by NCRTC as a mega transport hub. Mr Joshi was apprised about the Multi-Modal-Integration scheme for seamless commuter movement at this RRTS station where all the three RRTS corridors of Phase 1 will converge and will also be interoperable. RRTS stations will be seamlessly integrated with other modes of transport such as Metro stations, Bus Terminals, and Indian Railway Stations, wherever possible, through Walkways, Lifts, Escalators and Underpasses etc.
Moving further, he overviewed the construction of RRTS bridge over the Yamuna River and Anand Vihar RRTS station site. MD NCRTC apprised Secretary about how Anand Vihar RRTS station is being uniquely designed for efficient multimodal integration. Secretary was also informed that four Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) will be working in Delhi. Two from Anand Vihar towards New Ashok Nagar and two from Anand Vihar to Sahibabad. The first TBM named Sudarshan has already been launched for its journey in the last month.
During his visit to one of the Casting yards for the project, it was explained that how the Precast technique is being extensively used in the implementation of RRTS to obtain high-quality concrete and optimization of construction period. It was a strategic decision to adopt pre-casting technique as the corridor is being constructed majorly at the centre or side of busy highways.
The Secretary also reviewed the Ghaziabad Receiving Sub Station (RSS), built for supplying power on the priority section of the RRTS corridor. He inspected the installation of state-of-the-art systems and sophisticated electrical equipment. Further, Shri Joshi visited the Ghaziabad RRTS station site, which will hold the distinction of being the highest and largest among the 25 stations on this corridor as the RRTS alignment crosses over the Delhi Metro viaduct and a flyover at this location. Proposed traffic integration plan at this highly busy zone and various initiatives being taken by NCRTC in this regard were explained to him.
Moving forward Secretary inspected the Guldhar RRTS station and the ongoing track laying work near it. Secretary appreciated the pace of construction progress particularly of the priority section, including the various safety and anti-dust measures being taken. Secretary was informed that the 23rd Launching Gantry for construction of super structures of viaduct has been installed recently for the 82 km long corridor. Such massive deployment of resources is first of its kind in the country for implementation of any urban transport system.
Secretary interacted with the on-ground engineers, understood their challenges in implementation of the 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad Meerut corridor. Secretary was also briefed about various measures being taken by NCRTC to ensure minimum inconvenience to local public during construction including construction being carried out within barricaded zones, deployment of traffic marshals to manage traffic etc.
The visit concluded at the RRTS Duhai Depot, wherein Secretary reviewed the construction progress, Admin building, ongoing electrical work, track laying activities and the prototype of RRTS train. MD, NCRTC, showcased the modern and commuter-centric interiors of India’s first Regional Rail to the Secretary. He appreciated the corporation’s approach to customise the train, giving due attention to commuters’ requirements during regional commute including luggage rack facility, Mobile/laptop charging facility at every seat, provision of wheelchair space for differently abled and stretcher space for emergency medical transit, dynamic route map display among others.
Secretary was contented to note the pace of the project is a as per the timelines. He acknowledged that the NCRTC team is working efficiently in collaboration with all stakeholders and is all set to commission India’s first RRTS corridor on time and transform the public transport landscape of NCR.