The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) plans to install platform screen doors (PDS) at all upcoming stations of rapid rail transit corridors. The NCRTC is the executing agency of the Rail Rapid Transit System (RRTS) projects.
- The move would facilitate safe boarding and deboarding from the train which will have an operational speed of 160 kmph, the NCRTC said.
- The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has installed platform screen doors at its several stations owing to instances of people jumping on metro tracks and crowd management.
- The NCRTC is executing 3 proposed RRTS corridors – Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar and Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat.
- An official said, in recent times, we have seen untoward incidents like commuters on railway track by accident, trespassing on track and suicide cases.
- Sudhir Sharma, CPRO (Chief Public Relation Officer) of NCRTC, said,”The installation of PSD at all RRTS stations will increase safety measures.”
- The PSDs would act as a barrier between the platform and the tracks besides helping in better crowd management at the stations, he said.
- Installation of PDS will also enable trains to arrive and leave the station at greater speed besides reducing the time it takes to pick up and drop passengers, as per the NCRTC.
- The RRTS trains will be three times faster than the Delhi Metro trains in terms of operational speed, NCRTC said.
- Commuters will be able to travel on the country’s first rail rapid transit corridor in over three years from now.
- The 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad is expected to be operational by early 2023.
- The entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, spanning 82 km, will be operational by 2025.