Sarai Kale Khan RRTS Station to be India’s First Mega Transit Hub

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The Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will be the country’s first mega transit hub as 3 RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) corridors will converge at it, an official said. On the RRTS corridors, trains will run at an average speed of 100 kmph, according to officials.

India’s first mega transit hub

  • Besides this, the station will also be integrated with the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, the Delhi Metro’s Sarai Kale Khan station and the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, the official said.
  • The NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation) plans to converge the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridors at the station.
  • These will make the Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station India’s first mega transit hub.
  • The NCRTC will develop several multi-modal integrations along the high-speed corridors, as per a plan.
  • The NCRTC is the implementing agency of the RRTS corridors.

Separate platforms for boarding/de-boarding

  • In view of high-passenger flow at the Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station, the NCRTC has planned that it will have separate platforms for boarding and de-boarding from trains as the doors will open on both sides, the official said.
  • The “unique system” will help in optimising passenger flow and facilitate convenient commuter movement.
  • Sudhir Kumar Sharma, Chief Public Relation Officer, NCRTC said,”When commuters are provided seamless integration with different public transport modes, it encourages them to leave their private vehicles behind. We have planned the network keeping demand and commuter convenience in mind.”

RRTS trains & stations-

  • The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph, while the operational speed will be 160 kmph.
  • The average speed will be of 100 kmph.
  • Trains will be available every 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will have 22 stations and two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram.
  • The distance will be covered in around 55 minutes.

Operations by March 2023

  • Construction work on the 17-km long prioritised section between Sahibabad and Duhai of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is in full swing.
  • While this part of the corridor will become operational by March 2023, the commercial operations on the entire Delhi-Meerut corridor will commence by 2025, the official said.
  • In March this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the country’s first the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor in Ghaziabad.

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