Recently, the National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC) finalized procurement of rolling stock of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor in which Bombardier Transportation India Private Limited emerged the winner.
‘Made in India’ Trains :
- Against the ‘Make in India’ bid requirement of at least 75% quantity to be mandatorily manufactured in India, the winning bid has offered to manufacture 100% of the rolling stock in Savli, Gujarat, using 83% local content. Hence , Entire rolling stock for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be manufactured in India, making it 100% local manufacturing.
- The high-speed aerodynamic Trainsets will be self-propelled on electric traction.
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Delivery Schedule & Scope :
- As per the terms, the delivery of the rolling stock will start in 2022.
- The project scope involves supplying 30 regional commuter trainsets of 6 cars each and 10 intracity mass transit trainsets of 3 cars each, together with 15 years of rolling stock maintenance.
- 30 Trainsets of 6 cars each will be used for operating regional transit services, and 10 Train sets of 3 cars each for operating local Meerut transit services.
RRTS Train Features :
- The RRTS rolling stock will be first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180 kmph.
- The RRTS train will be designed keeping in mind high-acceleration and high-deceleration that the train needs to undergo given the operational speed of 160 kmph and stations at every 5-10km.
- The train will have automatic plug-in type sliding doors to reduce friction.
- The air-conditioned RRTS trains will have economy as well as business class (one coach per train) along with one coach reserved for women passengers.
- Keeping the commuter convenience in mind, the RRTS trains will have 2 by 2 transverse seating arrangement like Shatabdi Express besides comfortable standing space.
- Enough space for luggage, CCTV cameras and other modern amenities will mark other features of the train.
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About Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS project:
The 82-kilometre Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will boast a 180 kmph design speed, first of its kind rolling stock in India for regional transit services and will be implemented in phases between the cities. The corridor will have 24 stations and besides offering high-speed commuter services on the corridor, the infrastructure will also be used for offering local transit services in Meerut. The trains will reduce travel time from Delhi to Meerut to less than 60 minutes and daily expected ridership is around 800,000 passengers. Local transit services between Meerut South and Modipuram Depot Station with 13 stations over 21 km on RRTS infrastructure will meet the local mobility needs of Meerut citizens and will provide efficient regional connectivity.
About Bombardier Transportation in India:
With around 1,500 employees, Bombardier Transportation in India operates a railway vehicle manufacturing site and bogie assembly hall at Savli, near Vadodara, Gujarat.
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This is in addition to a propulsion system manufacturing facility at Maneja, near Vadodara, a Rail Control Solutions centre for project delivery and product engineering and an Information Services India hub near Gurugram, Delhi NCR and an Engineering Centre in Hyderabad. Further , Bombardier is the Delhi Metro’s largest supplier of signaling systems and one of its largest suppliers of rolling stock in India. It is also a long standing partner of Indian Railways supplying propulsion equipment for their locomotives and Electric Multiple Units (EMU’s).
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