Commuters will be able to travel on the India’s first Rapid Rail corridor in over 3 years from now as the 17km-long Duhai-Sahibabad priority section of the 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is expected to be operational by March 2023, an official said.
- The entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, spanning 82 km, will be operational by 2025, according to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).
- The NCRTC is the executing agency of the Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) project.
- The RRTS corridor would cut down the travel time between Delhi and Meerut to around 55 minutes from the current 3-4 hours by road.
- Already, the NCRTC has commenced the civil construction work on the 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section.
- The Duhai-Sahibabad section will have 4 stations — Duhai, Guldhar, Ghaziabad and Sahibabad — besides a depot at Duhai.
- The opening of the Duhai-Sahibabad section will connect the Ghaziabad RRTS station to Delhi Metro’s Ghaziabad New Bus Adda station.
- Also, the Sahibabad RRTS station will integrate with the proposed Vasundhara Sector-2 metro station and bus terminal.
About Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor
- The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will have a total of 24 stations, including two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram.
- The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph, operational speed of 160 kmph and the average speed would be 100 kmph.
- The trains will be three times faster than the Delhi Metro trains in terms of operational speed, the official added.
- The distance between the stations will vary from 5 to 10 km.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor in March this year.