Delhi To Meerut In 55 Minutes! India’s 1st Rapid Rail Is 3-Times Faster Than Metro
India’s first rapid rail was unveiled by the National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC), boasting swanky features.
The coaches will have cushioned seats, overhead luggage racks, more standing space and a ‘premium’ section.
The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train will run on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor and cover a distance of 82 km in just 55 minutes.
It will also be the first in the country to have a business or ‘premium’ coach on a regional corridor.
NCRTC managing director Vinay Kumar said that with the RRTS project, commuter convenience was the main focus.
Apart from that, safety, ease of access, and comfort for commuters was also important and the entire infrastructure, be it trains or stations, had been designed accordingly.
The trains will have, among other things:
- 2×2 transverse seating
- Wide standing space
- Overhead luggage racks
- CCTV cameras
- Sockets at every seat for laptop/mobile charging
- Dynamic route maps
- Auto control ambient lighting system
- Heating ventilation
- Air conditioning (HVAC) system
Premium And Business
As mentioned earlier, there will be standard and one premium or business car per train, along with one coach reserved for women.
The premium coach is different since it has reclining seats with more legroom, coat hangers and a vending machine facility.
A separate business section is also being built which will have a separate automatic fare collection system, and entry and exit.
The trains are currently being manufactured at the Savli plant in Gujarat and a trial run on the tracks will start from May.
A full speed trial will be done from December.
An important function of the train is to provide a green corridor for emergency services.
If a patient or an organ has to be transported, a green corridor is created on the road which would help reach a hospital in an hour for around just Rs 100.
Ticket prices are not yet fixed but a discussion will take place soon.
Officials said that they will introduce a ‘One Card One Nation’ system for ticketing.
Yet another benefit of the train is the 2,50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that it is expected to cut per year and shift 2 lakh private vehicles users to public transport.
The NCRTC may also start commercial logistics and cargo services on the corridor after service hours.
Places Covered In Meerut
The corridor will have 25 stations, including two depots at Duhai and Modipuram and one stabling yard at Jangpura.
90% work is completed on the 17-km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai and will be inaugurated by 2023.
It will have five stations – Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot.
The estimated daily passenger load is around 8 lakh passengers.
The entire corridor is expected to be ready by 2025.