Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS update: NCRTC completes shifting and modification work of 25 EHT lines

The NCRTC has completed the shifting and modification work of UPPTCL Electrical High Tension Line, i.e. 220KV, single circuit, near Modipuram Depot in Meerut. With this, a total of 25 EHT line infringing the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor has been shifted. The shifting and modification work was carried by following the Standard Operating Procedure in view of the Covid-19 outbreak which includes the thermal screening of officials and labourers, use of sanitizers and maintaining social distance.

  • With a design speed of 180 km per hour and high-frequency operations of every 5–10 minutes, the 82-km corridor connecting Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Modipuram in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh is expected to reduce the journey time to about 1 hour from the present 3–4 hours.
  • The RRTS will have multimodal hubs to ensure smooth interchange with other transport modes.

Recent Progress:

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on Tuesday signed a $500 million (Rs 3,750 crore) loan, the first tranche of a total $1 billion facility which was approved by ADB last month, to build a modern, high-speed 82-kilometer Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor that will improve regional connectivity and mobility in India’s national capital region (NCR).

  • The first tranche loan will support construction of the first of three priority rail corridors planned under the NCR Regional Plan 2021 to connect Delhi to other cities in adjoining states.
  • The first tranche financing will be used for constructing electrified tracks, signaling systems, multimodal hubs and stations with design features that are friendly to elderly, women, children and the disabled.
  • It will also support the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) in drafting action plans on TOD, VCF instruments and public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives, setting up a smart-technology based platform, and formulating a gender-friendly workplace policy.
  • A $3 million grant from ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction will support various activities, including provision of visual, hearing and mobility aids, such as wheelchairs for differently abled persons.
  • Training for women and differently abled on safe mobility and employment opportunities and behavioral change for public transport providers will also be given.
  • The ADB-administered multi-donor Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund will provide $2.89 million to support innovations in building information modeling, universal access design features, TOD and VCF.

Source: NCRTC-Press Release