The Government has allocated Rs 2,487 crore for the RRTS projects for the next fiscal in the Union Budget 2020-21, nearly three-fold increase over the 2019-20 financial year. In 2019-20, the Centre had allocated Rs 824 crore for the country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).
- Out of the 8 identified RRTS corridors to connect various NCR towns with high-speed rail commute, 3 had been prioritised for implementation in Phase-1 by the then Planning Commission appointed Task Force.
- These are Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat.
- The civil construction of the first RRTS Corridor from Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut is in full swing and piling and pier works are being done on the 17-km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai, as per the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the implementing agency of the RRTS project.
- With a design speed of 180 kmph and operational speed of 160 kmph, the RRTS trains will be unique and one of its kind in India.
- The aerodynamic coaches will be self-propelled on electric traction with 25KV AC System.
- The RRTS trains are being designed with the state-of-the-art latest technology.
- The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be immensely beneficial in curbing pollution in the region.
- The high-speed rail will promise to cover the distance between Meerut and Delhi in less than 60 minutes.