NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): NCRTC MD Vinay Kumar Singh has informed that the trial runs on the 17 km-long priority corridor of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) will start in October between Sahibabad and Duhai and after the completion, the trains will cover the distance between Delhi and Meerut in 37 minutes.
He said that the priority corridor will be operational by March 2023 whereas the entire 82km-long corridor will be ready by June 2025. The NCRTC plans to start operating trains at a 10-minute frequency to cover the distance between Sahibabad and Duhai in 55 minutes.
Singh said that the transit system is designed to operate trains without a stop as well as trains with a limited number of stops along with regular trains, and this will further reduce travel time.
Singh also informed that while all trains will run on the same track, they have provision for trains to bypass other trains in certain areas such as Ghaziabad therefore operating trains with a limited number of halts will further reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut.
The four RRTS stations in Delhi will be at Jangpura, Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar and Anand Vihar. NCRTC has decided on transit-oriented development on vacant land available in Anand Vihar, Jangpura and Sarai Kale Khan. Singh said that “At Jangpura, we plan to have housing facilities for sale along with commercial development, while at the other two locations, we will have only commercial development,”