Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail: The Sahibabad-Duhai depot section at Ghaziabad will be operational from this month


The 82 km long Delhi-Meerut section is expected to be completed by 2025 at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore.  (Photo: MoHUA)

The 82 km long Delhi-Meerut section is expected to be completed by 2025 at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. (Photo: MoHUA)

After the Sahibabad and Dubai depot section, the second section that will operate will be between Dubai and Meerut. The spread in Delhi is likely to take some time.

The 17-km priority stretch of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor between Sahibabad and Doha depot is fully operational, and train services are likely to be given the green signal this month, officials aware of the matter said. told News18. It will be the first RRTS train service in India, once operational.

The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is a new, dedicated, high-speed, high-capacity, comfortable passenger service, different from both conventional railways as well as metros.

Compared to conventional railways, RRTS provides reliable, high-frequency, point-to-point regional travel. RRTS also differs from Metro as it caters to commuters who want to travel relatively long distances with fewer stops and at higher speeds.

Although it was expected to be ready by June, the route to the Dubai depot has been delayed and is likely to be completed for the public by the end of the month.

“The tracks have been laid and everything is ready. We can run trains any day now. Discussions are on and we can expect train services between Sahibabad and Doha this month. National Capital Region Transport Corporation An (NCRTC) official, requesting anonymity, told News18 that we will announce the dates once it is finalised.

The 17 km priority section has five stations – Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Dubai and Dubai Depot.

Built at a height of 26 meters, the Ghaziabad station will be the tallest among the stations on the Delhi-Meerut corridor.

Ghaziabad station is seamlessly connected with Shaheedstal metro station to enable passengers to move from one mode to another mode comfortably. Similar arrangements are being made across the region wherever there is a nearby metro.

The 82 km long Delhi-Meerut section is expected to be completed by 2025 at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore.

RRTS trains were designed for a speed of 180 kmph and tested for a speed of 160 kmph. However, its average speed is going to be 100 km per hour. In June, the Railway Board approved that the RRTS could operate at a maximum speed of 160 kmph on the priority corridor.

After the Sahibabad and Dubai depot section, the second section that will operate will be between Dubai and Meerut. The spread in Delhi is likely to take some time.

While designing the project, NCRTC ensured that passengers get all the comfort they need, while also being accessible to all – with large lifts and dedicated space for wheelchairs and stretchers inside the train.

Also, to ensure a reliable mobile network for train passengers, the NCRTC last month invited tenders for mobile coverage solution providers. This will ensure that commuters get a mobile network within the tunnels that connect underground stations on the RRTS corridor.

The RRTS project aims to decongest the National Capital Region (NCR) and ease travel. The high-speed rail system will help curb vehicular traffic menace, air pollution and ensure balanced regional development in satellite cities across Delhi.

The idea of ​​an integrated passenger railway network to connect NCR and Delhi was mooted in a study commissioned by the Indian Railways in 1998-99.

Panipat, Gurugram, Alwar, Faridabad, Palwal, Kharja, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak and Hapur, among other cities, are finally planned to be connected to Delhi by RRTS.

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