The first look of India’s first regional rapid transport system (RRTS) train was unveiled by Secretary Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MoHUA), Durga Shanker Mishra on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Mishra said that the environment friendly, energy-efficient trains will improve the quality of life in and around NCR by accelerating economic growth, creating economic opportunities and at the same time reducing air pollution, carbon footprint, congestion, and accidents.
Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, National Capital Region Transport Corp. (NCRTC), all the members of the board of directors of NCRTC, senior officials of MoHUA and Bombardier India were also present at the event.
The state-of-the-art RRTS rolling stock will be first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180 kmph. With radiating stainless-steel outer body, these aerodynamic RRTS trains will be lightweight and fully air-conditioned. Each car will have six automatic plug-in type wide doors, three on each side. The business class will have four such doors, two on each side, for ease of access and exit.
The RRTS trains will have transverse 2x2 seating with adequate legroom, optimised aisle width with grab handles and grab poles for a comfortable journey for standing passengers, overhead luggage rack, mobile and laptop charging sockets and on-board WiFi among other passenger-centric features.
RRTS rolling stock will have lighting and temperature control systems to enhance the passenger experience with less energy consumption. Equipped with modern amenities, the RRTS rolling stock will be a unique amalgamation of new-age technology and India’s rich heritage.
Elaborating on the benefits of the project, NCRTC’s Singh said, “The rolling stock of India’s first RRTS has been designed with a vision to fulfil the aspirations of the New India. RRTS rolling stock will be energy-efficient with about 30 per cent regeneration during braking. NCRTC has awarded the rolling stock work with an integrated long-term comprehensive maintenance by the manufacturer, thus, leveraging the benefits of life cycle costing. I am confident that RRTS will prove to be the transport backbone for the people of NCR and will define a new benchmark in the transport sector enabling the overall growth of the region”.
The prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022 and will be put into public use after extensive trials. NCRTC will procure 30 train sets of 6 cars each for operating regional rail services on the entire corridor and 10 train sets of 3 cars each for operating local transit services in Meerut. The entire rolling stock for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be manufactured at Bombardier’s Savli plant in Gujarat.
NCRTC is a joint venture of the Government of India (50 per cent) and state governments of Haryana (12.5 per cent), NCT Delhi (12.5 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (12.5 per cent) and Rajasthan (12.5 per cent). It is mandated to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain RRTS in NCR and works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. NCRTC is mandated to implement India’s first RRTS in NCR.
Delhi to Meerut in 60 Minutes!
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is one of the three prioritised RRTS corridors being implemented in Phase-1 of the project. The 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor is the first RRTS corridor being implemented in India. The corridor will bring down the travel time between Delhi to Meerut by around one-third. The commute time from Delhi to Meerut will be reduced to less than an hour from the present three to four hours by road at present.
Civil construction work on the 50-km long section between Sahibabad and Shatabdi Nagar, Meerut is in full swing including the construction of four stations of Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Guldhar and Duhai. The priority section of the corridor is targeted to be commissioned in 2023, while the entire corridor will be commissioned in 2025. The other two Phase-I RRTS corridors are Delhi-Gurugram-SNB and Delhi-Panipat. Pre-construction activities are in full swing for the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB corridor and its DPR is under active consideration of the Government of India for sanction. The detailed project report (DPR) of the Delhi to Panipat RRTS corridor is also under active consideration of the respective state governments for approval.