Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System

The Delhi-Meerut RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) is set to become the nation’s first RRTS corridor. The RRTS is a rail-based high-speed regional commuter transit system, which runs on high frequency, connecting big and metropolitan cities, towns, and urban nodes across the NCR. The RRTS will help in minimizing issues of energy consumption, severe congestion, and hazardous pollution. On the 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, the estimated daily ridership is 8 lakhs. Here you will get full details of Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail.

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Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail

ParticularsDetails
Owner and OperatorNational Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC)
Area servedDelhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut
LocalNCR
Transit typeRegional Rail
Number of lines01
Number of Stations14 + 8 (Local Transit Service)
Number of Depots03
Name of DepotsJangpura, Duhai and Modipuram
Length of Rapid Track82.15 km (approx 82)
Length of Elevated Track71 km (taking only 3m of road space)
Length of Underground Track11 km
Number of Underground Stations03
Name of Underground StationsFootball Chauraha, Bhainsali, and Begumpul Station in Meerut
Total Coaches06
Total seats in 1 Coach400
Rapid Rail Starting Year2023 {expected- First Phase (Duhayi to Sahibabad) }
Work Completion Year Deadline2025 (expected)
Average Speed100 km/h
Maximum Speed180 km/h
Track gauge1,435 mm (standard gauge)
Coaches Manufactured inSavli Plant, Gujarat
RouteSarai Kaale Khan- Ghaziabad- Meerut- Modipuram
Project’s WorthRs. 31,632 Crores
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Full-Form of RRTSRegional Rapid Transit System
Ticket Price/Fare
Timings
Official Websitewww.ncrtc.in

Introduction

On 8 March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the corridor. 8 Stations covered in Local Transit Service will also be provided on the Delhi-Meerut RRTS network in Meerut with a span of 21km (13 miles) for local transit needs. The RRTS will take over one lakh private vehicles off the road and the estimated daily ridership is 8 lakh.

After the Galwan Valley skirmish held on 15 June 2020, there were calls by Swadeshi Jagran Manch for the Government to cancel the offer of a Chinese company related to the transit system. The trains are being built by Alstom’s manufacturing plant in Savli, Gujarat.

History

Delhi-Meerut RRTS has significantly lesser carbon footprints. The RRTS corridor is mostly elevated i.e. nearly 71 km, taking only 3 meters of road space, while the rest of 11 km is underground. The entire 82 km (51 miles) long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, however, will be operational by June 2025.

NCRTC started the civil construction work on the 17 km long (Sahibabad – Duhayi) priority section to meet the target of opening it for regular operations by March 2023. The civil construction work started within three months of the foundation stone ceremony. The complete route of 82km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, however, will be operational by June 2025.

Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Route

  • Sarai Kale Khan
  • New Ashok Nagar
  • Anand Vihar
  • Sahibabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Guldhar
  • Duhai
  • Muradnagar
  • Modinagar South
  • Modinagar North
  • Meerut South
  • Partapur
  • Rithani
  • Shatabdi Nagar
  • Brahmpuri
  • Meerut Central (Football Chauraha)
  • Bhaisali
  • Begumpul
  • MES Colony
  • Daurli
  • Meerut North
  • Modipuram

Map of Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail

Map of Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Key Features

  • RRTS rails have economically designed comfortable cushioned seats with wide standing space, charging points, luggage racks, auto control ambient lighting system, Air Conditioning system, CCTV cameras, dynamic route maps, and Heating Ventilation.
  • There will be Wi-Fi and an infotainment system on the train. The floor has been made in a particular way to keep it clean all the time.
  • These will be the fastest trains in India with a speed of 180kmph and operational speed of 160kmph with an average speed of 100kmph.
  • The Rapid rails also have a ‘standard as well as premium class’, along with one coach reserved for women commuters.
  • Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor’s 40% of the total energy requirement is expected to be procured or generated from renewable energy.
  • All elevated stations, as well as depots, will be equipped with solar panels & net metering system with grid supply. RRTS will serve as a green mode of transport in NCR.
  • It has significantly lesser carbon footprints.

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Project

A total of Rs. 31,632 Crores are invested in Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System, for which funding is as follows:-

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)- $1 Billion
  • New Development Bank (NDB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) – $500 Million
  • Central Government – 20% share
  • Delhi Government – 3.22% share
  • Uttar Pradesh Government – 16.78% share

Delhi-Meerut Rapid Train Stations

  • Sarai Kale Khan
  • New Ashok Nagar
  • Anand Vihar
  • Sahibabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Guldhar
  • Duhai
  • Muradnagar
  • Modinagar South
  • Modinagar North
  • Meerut South
  • Shatabdi Nagar
  • Begumpul
  • Modipuram

Rapid Rail Stations in Meerut

Station with local transit service in Meerut- 8 stations constructed exclusively for local transit service in Meerut, following is the names of all local stations in Meerut.

  • Partapur
  • Rithani
  • Brahmpuri
  • Meerut Central
  • MES Colony
  • Daurli
  • Bhainsali
  • Meerut North

Main Rapid Rail Stations

  • Modipuram
  • Begumpul
  • Shatabdi Nagar
  • Meerut South Station

Underground stations:- Out of all stations of rapid rail, 4 stations are underground which cover only 11 km of the total corridor in which 1 in Delhi at Anand Vihar and 3 in Meerut at Meerut Central, Bhainsali, and Begumpul. Following are some details of underground stations in Meerut.

Underground Stations NameLengthFloors
Meerut Central Station (Football Chauraha)283.24 meter Ground, 1st, and 2nd
Bhainsali Station257.40 meterGround, 1st, and 2nd
Begumpul Station246 meterGround, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Depots Station of Rapid Rail From Delhi to Meerut

  • Duhai
  • Modipuram

Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Construction

The Rapid rails train sets are 100% manufactured in India at Alstom’s factory at Savli in Gujarat under the Make in India initiative. Alstom is a French multinational firm. The construction work on the 82 km long corridor is in full swing. RRTS corridor is mostly elevated i.e. nearly 71km, taking only 3m of road space, while the rest of 11km is underground.

RRTS will have 1/5th of fuel consumption compared with road vehicles because of reduced friction owing to steel to steel rolling contact. Rapid rail is constructed with a regenerative braking system in which electricity is made when brakes are applied by train. After that electricity is supplied from overhead traction to the Grid from which 30% of electricity will save. It also reduces the maintenance cost of rapid rail.

For a better alignment of rapid rail corridors, NCRTC uses the CORS technique. CORS stands for ‘continuously operating reference station. This technique is based on Global Positioning System (GPS). This technique is used for finding little errors. After every 10 km rovers and reference stations are constructed by NCRTC, these stations send information regarding corrections to the control room by the medium of the satellite from which the survey is done based on it. At least 3-5 nearest stations received this corrections message at a time so that there is no chance of any error by this technique.

Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Updates

Date/Month/YearEvents
May 2017The government of Uttar Pradesh approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project.
Feb 2019Central Government approved ₹ 30,274 Crores for Delhi-Metro RRTS Project.
Mar 2019Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for this project.
Jun 2019Pillar construction work started.
Oct 2020Civil construction work on about 50 km (31mi) between Sahibabad and Shatabdi Nagar is in progress.
Feb 2021Construction of Anand Vihar Station of Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor begins.
Apr 2021Track laying started for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project in the Ghaziabad section of the corridor.
Jun 2021The first piler of the elevated section of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor of Sarai Kale Khan Part is constructed, as of 20 June.
Jun 2021Construction work on the first part of the underground portion of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor begins in Anand Vihar on 20 June.
Jul 2021Piers completed in 24 Km (15Mi) elevated stretch of Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor, as of 10 July.
Jul 2021Alstom begins manufacturing 210 modular rakes for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project. These rakes will be fully indigenously manufactured in Alstom,s manufacturing plant in Savli, Gujrat as of 17 July.
Aug 2021650 hectares of land alongside the section between Guldhar and Duhai RRTS stations to be developed as a commercial, residential and industrial hub as of 25 August.
Aug 2021Construction work on the second part of the underground portion of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor begins in Meerut, as of 29 August.
Sep 2021Installation of Overhead Equipment(OHE) lines begins in Delhi- Meerut RRTS corridor.
Oct 2021Tenders issued for construction of Modipuram Depot for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor.
Dec 2021NCRTC constructs 50 spans in the priority corridor, which could open in the middle of 2022, ahead of the deadline of 2023.
Dec 2021Datamatics Global Service- AEP Ticketing solutions JB Awarded the Rs. 227 Crore Contract for the AFC System.
Jan 2022Nokia and Alstom deploy a private wireless network system based on LTE/4.9G with Support For ETCS-II signaling for the RRTS for better Communication.
Mar 2022On 18 March, the tunneling work for the underground section of the RRTS corridor in Meerut is started by NCRTC.
Mar 2022Paytm Payments Bank win the bid for becoming the financial institution for the RRTS corridor AFC system, beating State Bank of India NCRTC Issued the Letter of Acceptance on 3 March 2022. Paytm will work with Datamatics Global Service- AEP Ticketing solutions (DM-AEP-26A JV) to deploy the fare System.
Apr 2022The total construction work completed for the RRTS corridor is about 25% of the priority corridor is expected to be functional by the end of 2022, or on the scheduled target of March 2023.
May 2022Alstom manufacturers the first set of rolling stock manufactured in Savli, Gujarat.

Delhi Meerut RRTS Latest News

The first train set of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor has been handed over to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) on 7 May 2022. According to the statement issued by NCRTC, 100% of these state-of-the-art RRTS trainsets are being manufactured in the country at the Alstom’s factory in Savli, Gujarat, under the ‘Make in India’ project. The ceremony of handing over was organized at the manufacturing plant of Alstom. The trainsets were brought on the large trailers to the Duhai depot, which is being developed at Ghaziabad under the Rapid Rail Project. Construction of this Duhai depot is about to complete soon. The 17 km long Sahibabad-Duhai priority section is targeted to be commissioned by the year 2023 and the full corridor by the year 2025.

Vinay Kumar Singh, (MD of National Capital Region Transport Corporation) said that the 17km priority section including Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot would be commissioned by 2023 and the full corridor by 2025. Trains will run at a speed of 180 KMPH and they would be available every five-ten minutes.

The first trainset of India’s First Regional Rapid Transit System corridor is now handed over to NCRTC in the presence of the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India. A total of 210 cars for the first RRTS corridor were delivered.