RRTS project: Commuters can travel from one corridor to another without changing trains, says official

To ensure hassle-free commuting, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation said all three Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) corridors will be interoperable

An official of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) said all three Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) commuters will be able to travel from one corridor to another, without changing the train. Interoperability of the three RRTS corridors will provide a hassle-free, comfortable and seamless travel experience to the commuters, which will motivate them to leave their private vehicles and switch to the RRTS, the official added.

According to the NCRTC, which is the implementing agency for the RRTS project in Delhi-NCR, three corridors of phase-1 such as Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Gurugram-SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) will be converging at Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station in Delhi. For instance, if a commuter boards an RRTS train from Rajiv Chowk station of Delhi-SNB corridor and wishes to travel to Ghaziabad RRTS station of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, he or she can directly reach Ghaziabad RRTS station, without changing the train. The NCRTC will adopt European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2, to implement interoperability in the RRTS system, the official said.

 


Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS: Duhai-Sahibabad section to be operational by March 2023

The Duhai-Sahibabad section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS, is likely to be operational by March 2023, while the entire corridor is expected to be operational by 2025, officials have said

August 1, 2019: Commuters will be able to travel on the country’s first rail rapid transit corridor in over three years from now, as the 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, is expected to be operational by early 2023, an official said, on July 31, 2019. According to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the executing agency of the Rail Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, spanning 82 kms, will be operational by 2025.

See also: Delhi Metro Phase IV: SC asks DDA to clarify stand on funding for three priority corridors

The NCRTC has already commenced the civil construction work on the 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section of the corridor. This section of the corridor will have four stations – Duhai, Guldhar, Ghaziabad and Sahibabad – besides a depot at Duhai. “This priority section is expected to become operational by March 2023, while people can avail of the benefit of fast and safe commute on the 82-km-long full corridor by 2025,” the official said.

The opening of the Duhai-Sahibabad section will connect the Ghaziabad RRTS station to the Delhi Metro’s Ghaziabad New Bus Adda station, while the Sahibabad RRTS station will integrate with the proposed Vasundhara Sector 2 metro station and bus terminal. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will have a total of 24 stations, including two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. “The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph, operational speed of 160 kmph and the average speed would be 100 kmph. The trains will be three times faster than the Delhi Metro trains, in terms of operational speed,” the official added. The distance between the stations will vary from 5 to 10 km.

 


Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS: PM Modi lays foundation stone for the project

Prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 32,500 crores in Ghaziabad, including the Delhi-Meerut RRTS

March 11, 2019: Prime minister Narendra Modi, on March 8, 2019, laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Regional Rail Transit System (RRTS) that would connect Delhi and Meerut via Ghaziabad. “The RRTS is being built at a cost of more than Rs 30,000 crores. Once work on the country’s first RRTS is completed, the distance between Delhi and Meerut could be covered in just one hour,” Modi told the gathering.

See also: Delhi Metro Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda inaugurated

Modi also laid the foundation stone for multiple development projects including an Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS), the first phase of a 45-metre-wide Northern Peripheral Road and Outer Ring Road, among others. Ghaziabad is known for its 3Cs – connectivity, cleanliness and capital, the prime minister said. He said the connectivity projects will not only provide employment opportunities but also help thousands of commuters. “People rue that they work in office for eight to nine hours and travelling takes another two to three hours. With improved road and metro rail connectivity, people’s suffering due to travelling will reduce,” Modi said.


RRTS project: SC directs Delhi government to release Rs 265 crores from ECC

The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government to release Rs 265 crores from the Environment Compensation Charge, for the construction of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System

March 7, 2019: A Supreme Court bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta, on March 6, 2019, has asked the Delhi government to release its first-year share in the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor, which comes to Rs 265 crores, from the Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) within a week. The court observed that as the corridor is aimed at decongesting roads in the national capital, there should be no delay in completing it. The first phase of the project will connect Delhi with Meerut and the estimate cost of the 82.15-km corridor is Rs 31,632 crores. It is expected to reduce the travel time to 60 minutes.

The court was informed that the centre’s share for the project was Rs 5,687 crores, while the share of the Uttar Pradesh government and Delhi government were Rs 5,828 crores and Rs 1,138 crores, respectively. “We direct the government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to make budgetary allocation from next year for the RRTS project,” the bench said. It said, “In our opinion, the GNCTD is legally and constitutionally bound to make available the fund” for the project.

See also: Delhi Metro Red Line: Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section to boost connectivity to interior Ghaziabad

Advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in pollution-related matters, told the court that Rs 1,106 crores of funds under the ECC was lying with the Delhi government and the Environment Pollution Control Authority has already said that the first-year share of Delhi government can be given from it. Singh said the first-year share of Delhi is Rs 265 crores, out of which Rs 90 crores was tax, which would be refunded later. The bench made it clear that the Rs 90-crore tax, which would be refunded later, should be deposited in the ECC.

Of the 82.15-km-long corridor, Delhi will have a 13-km section with stations at Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar and Anand Vihar. The apex court also asked the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to place before it, the plan for implementing the other two phases of the RRTS project – Delhi-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat corridors. It said the plan should be submitted before it by March 31, 2019.


Government clears Rs 30,274-crore Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transport System

The government has approved the construction of a Rs 30,274-crore Regional Rapid Transport System that will connect the national capital with Meerut, through Ghaziabad

February 20, 2019: The union government, in a cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi on February 19, 2019, has approved the construction of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS), at an estimated cost of Rs 30,274 crores. “The cabinet has approved construction of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) covering a distance of 82.15 kilometres,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said, after the meeting. Of the 82.15 kms, 68.03 kms would be elevated and 14.12 kms would be underground. The project cost would be Rs 30,274 crores, he said.

According to the government, the 82-km-stretch will be covered in less than 60 minutes by high-speed and green public transit. The RRTS is a first-of-its-kind, rail-based, high-speed regional transit system to be implemented in India. Once operational, it will be the fastest, most comfortable and safest mode of commuter transport in the National Capital Region (NCR). The RRTS trains will reduce pollution and road congestion, taking more than one lakh private vehicles off the road.

See also: Delhi Metro Red Line: Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section to boost connectivity to interior Ghaziabad

High speed mobility will also drive balanced socio-economic growth with increased economic activities and will improve quality of life of citizens, an official said.

Metro services with 12 stations on the 18-km stretch between Modipuram and Meerut South stations on the RRTS infrastructure, will meet the local mobility needs of citizens of Meerut, besides providing efficient regional connectivity, the official added. The project is proposed to be undertaken by a special purpose vehicle (SPV), namely, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) as a joint ownership of the centre and state governments, with equal contribution.

“RRTS stations will be seamlessly integrated with other transport modes like airport, railway, metro, ISBTs and will be inter-operable, ensuring that change of train is not required for moving from one RRTS corridor to another,” the NCRTC stated in a statement.

It stated that the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is first of the three prioritised corridors planned for implementation in Phase-1. The other two are Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat corridors.

 


Delhi government has to arrange finance for much-needed RRTS: EPCA

The Environment Pollution Control Authority has said that a Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) between Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut, was urgently needed to decongest the national capital and called on the Delhi government to arrange the funds for it

January 28, 2019: The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) chief, Bhure Lal, on January 25, 2019, said the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), a corridor between Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut, had to be built to decongest the national capital and the Delhi government had to arrange the funds for it. Lal chaired a meeting with Delhi government officials, in which he asserted that there was no doubt that the RRTS had to be built, to decongest the national capital.

“The Delhi government is facing issues in the mobilisation of resources and that is why the meeting was convened. The government has to generate the funds for the project, whether it comes from the centre or it generates the funds itself,” he said. On January 18, 2019, the Supreme Court had asked the EPCA to convene a joint meeting of all the stakeholders within a week, so that these issues could be sorted out. The apex court had said it should be informed about the outcome of the deliberations and had posted the matter for further hearing on February 1, 2019.

See also: NCRTC approves detailed project report of Delhi-Gurugram-SNB Regional Rapid Transit System

Lal said the EPCA would submit its report to the court shortly. The Delhi government, on January 24, 2019, gave its in-principle approval to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s proposal, to build an elevated station at Sarai Kale Khan for the upcoming high-speed Delhi-Meerut RRTS. However, the Aam Aadmi Party-led government has been complaining that it does not have sufficient funds for the project. The Delhi government had, in December 2018, informed the Supreme Court that it had ‘in-principle’ agreed to the RRTS but funding it was a problem. In August 2018, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the centre to bear Delhi’s share of the cost, for the proposed 82.15-km RRTS, citing inadequate funds.

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