GHAZIABAD (Metro Rail News): The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which engaged in the construction of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project kick-off the tunnel boring work on Monday, 28th February 2022. The 82km RRTS project will connect Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut through high-speed trains.
This project includes two underground sections, a 5.5km track that will connect New Ashok Nagar in Delhi to Vaishali in Ghaziabad. The other is a 7 km section from Brahmpuri to Begum Pul in Meerut. NCRTC has decided to construct two tunnels for the two-way movement of trains, and each tunnel will be 6.5 meters in width. The agency has named the first tunnel boring machine “Sudarshan” which is deployed for the New Ashok Nagar-Vaishali section.
“The first tunnel boring machine has been positioned at Anand Vihar to New Ashok Nagar stretch while the second will work from Anand Vihar to Vaishali. Likewise, two more such machines will work on same pattern for the second tunnel. This working pattern will speed up the work. The other three machines will be deployed in the next three months,” said Puneet Vats, chief public relations officer, NCRTC.
“At Meerut, a similar boring pattern will be taken up with the help of four tunnel boring machines. In all, we will deploy eight such machines at the two underground sections of the RRTS project,” he added.
This transit system is built to accommodate high-speed trains and it will also be wider than the original railway tunnels to accommodate those trains. The Rs 30,274 crore project is scheduled to get authorized in March 2025.