Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8th March laid the foundation stone of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS). The foundation stone was laid near the Hindon Air Force station in Ghaziabad.
The Rapid Rail Corridor aims at reducing the travel time between national capital delhi and meerut. The Delhi-Meerut rapid rail corridor will reduce the travel time between two cities to just 60 minutes.
The 82-km long Delhi-Meerut Corridor will pass through some of the densely populated sections of the NCR to connect Delhi to Uttar Pradesh, once it gets operational. The corridor would be beneficial for the development of the region and will help in connecting a large number of townships and centres of economic activity that are already planned along this particular corridor.
There will be a total of 22 RRTS stations on this corridor on both, elevated and underground sections. The trains will have an operational maximum speed of 160 kmph and an average speed of 100 kmph. They will be available at a frequency of every 5-10 minutes.
The other two corridors planned after the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut are Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat corridors and Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar corridors.
The rapid rail corridor will be built at a cost of Rs 30,274 crore and is scheduled to be operational by 2024. UP Govt in it’s budget has alloted 400 crores to the NCRTC for the RRTS project, while the Union Cabinet allocated Rs 1000 crore towards RRTS on February 1 in the Union Budget.
Both the rapid rail and the metro will run on this corridor in Meerut. Once completed, the 82 km stretch between Delhi and Meerut will be covered in less than an hour. The rapid rail would offer high-speed, high-frequency, safe, reliable, comfortable and green public transit.
The Meerut Metro will have 12 stations in a 18 kilometre stretch between Modipuram and Meerut South on the RRTS infrastructure. Building the Meerut Metro on the RRTS infrastructure would also result in an overall cost saving of approximately Rs 6,300 crore.
While the Meerut Metro would be mostly elevated, it would run underground in high density areas like Bramhapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali and Begumpul.
The RRTS trains will be equipped with all modern features like air-conditioners, CCTV surveillance, mobile and laptop charging points and luggage space. All the stations and trains will have universal access for the differently abled. Each train will have a business class and a ladies’ coach.