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Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut rapid rail moves off the drawing board
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut rapid rail moves off the drawing board

GHAZIABAD: A detailed project report (DPR) for a high-speed train service on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut route was unveiled at a meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) and submitted to the UP state and the Central governments on Saturday .

GHAZIABAD: A detailed project report (DPR) for a high-speed train service on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut route was unveiled at a meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) and submitted to the UP state and the Central governments on Saturday .

The DPR on the upcoming Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut commuter service, prepared by the NCRPB, was discussed at a stakeholders' meeting here. A comprehensive presentation covering the key factors and specifications of the project was also made at the meeting.

The RRTS corridor will be a double-line standard gauge, rapid railway system, which will be built on elevated viaducts, but will also be underground in heavily populated areas like Sarai Kale Khan, Shatabdi Nagar Nauchandi, HRS Chowk and Shastri Nagar.

According to officials, the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will cover a distance of 90.50km in about one hour, because of its speed at 180 kmhr, which is three times more than the average speed of the Delhi Metro system in place. The stations on the RRTS route will be placed at a distance of 5.5km, starting from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Modipuram in Meerut.

“The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will have state-ofthe-art interiors. The train will will have airline-type seating arrangement with fully airconditioned coaches, and a 2+2 seating system. The coaches will also have enough space for luggage. There will be 12 replica watches coaches per train and the traction power will be 25kV ,“ said the team leader and consultant, National Capital Region Transport CorporationNSE 1.35 % (NCRTC), who requested anonymity . The NCRTC is the implementing body of the project. “The ridership of this project is really high and the proposed system is expected to carry 7.4 lakh passengers by the expected year of completion in 2021,“ the team leader said.

“The estimated cost involved in the implementation of the project is Rs 22,000 crore without taxes,“ said V K Singh, MD, NCRTC.

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