NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): On Wednesday an official said that the Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station is going to become country’s first mega transit hub as three Regional Rapid Transit System corridors will converge at it.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is planning to converge the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridors at the station.
According to officials, the trains will run at an average speed of 100 kmph on RRTS corridors, and the system will provide convenient commuter movement and encourage people to use public transport.
The official said that the station will also be integrated with the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, the Delhi Metro’s Sarai Kale Khan station and the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT. These will make the Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station India’s first mega transit hub, he said.
The NCRTC, which is the implementing agency of the RRTS, is planning to develop several multi-modal integrations along the high-speed corridors.
The official said in view of high-passenger flow at the Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station, the NCRTC has planned that it will have separate platforms for boarding and de-boarding from trains as the doors will open on both sides.
The “unique system” will help in optimizing passenger flow and facilitate convenient commuter movement, he said.
When commuters are provided seamless integration with different public transport modes, it encourages them to leave their private vehicles behind.”We have planned the network keeping demand and commuter convenience in mind” said Sudhir Kumar Sharma, NCRTC’s Chief Public Relation Officer.
The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph while the operational speed will be 160 kmph. The average speed will be of 100 kmph. Trains will be available every five to 10 minutes.
TheDelhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will have 22 stations and two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. The distance will be covered in around 55 minutes.
An official stated that the construction work on the 17-km long prioritised section between Sahibabad and Duhai of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is in full swing and piers and viaducts will be visible soon.
While this part of the corridor will become operational by March 2023, the commercial operations on the entire Delhi-Meerut corridor will commence by 2025, the official said.
Last month, the Rajasthan government had approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB ((Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) corridor — the first phase of the Delhi-Alwar rapid rail project.