Fastest Train: India’s first semi high speed Regional Rapid Transit System train ‘Alstom’



Highlights:

• The RRTS trains will be handed over on May 7.
• RRTS train will run 82-kilometre through Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut.
• The 800,000 passengers are expected to ride daily.

Alstom is all set to deliver India’s first semi-high speed Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train set to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).

Delivery of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train

The six-car train set will be handed over on May 7 which will take place at Alstom’s Savli Plant in Gujarat, in the presence of Union Minister of Housing and Urban Development Hardeep Puri, NCRTC MD Vinay Kumar Singh and senior officials from Alstom and MoHUA. The section will be open for commuters from next year.

The manufacturing and delivery of the trains are as per the timeline given. NCRTC is preparing for commencing the trial run of the trains on the 17-km long priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai this year.

The RRTS train and its running status

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train will run 82-kilometre through Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut which will boast a 180 kmph design speed. The trains will be available every 5-10 minutes and they will cover the distance between Delhi and Meerut in just 55 minutes with 14 stoppages in between. The 800,000 passengers are expected to ride daily. The infrastructure will also be used for providing local transit services over a 21 km distance, between Meerut South and Modipuram Depot Station with 13 stations, including four common stations for both RRTS and Metro- Meerut South, Shatabdi Nagar, Begumpul and Modipuram.

Design of the India’s first semi high speed RRTS train

According to the NCRTC, the RRTS trains will have 2×2 transverse seating, wide standing space, luggage racks, CCTV cameras, laptop/mobile charging facility, dynamic route maps, auto control ambient lighting system and other amenities. The air-conditioned RRTS trains will have standard as well as premium class (one coach per train) along with one coach reserved for women commuters. The trains in its 82 kilometers long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will have 25 stations in total, including two depots at Duhai and Modipuram and one stabling yard at Jangpura.

The NCRTC had awarded the contract for manufacturing and maintenance of 210 commuter and intracity coaches for the Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System to Bombardier in 2020. The contract was valued at approximately Rs 2,577 crore.

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