Prime Minister launches part of hi-tech regional rapid transit system

Two stretches of east-west corridor of Bengaluru Metro was also opened by Narendra Modi via video conferencing

Regional Rapid Transit System

Ghaziabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated a portion of the priority section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut regional rapid transit system (RRTS) Corridor at Sahibabad RapidX Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. He also flagged off the Namo Bharat RapidX train connecting Sahibabad to Duhai Depot, marking the launch of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in India.

The PM also dedicated to the nation, two stretches of east-west corridor of Bengaluru Metro via video conferencing. Later, he travelled on board the Regional Rapid Train Namo Bharat.

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Designed to revolutionize regional mobility, the RRTS is a high-speed, high-frequency rail-based system specifically planned for intercity and regional commuters. The 17 km priority section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor connects Sahibabad to ‘Duhai Depot’ with stations at Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Duhai on the way. The foundation stone for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor was laid by the PM on March 8, 2019.

RRTS set to revolutionise regional mobility

Officials said that RRTS project is being developed to revolutionise regional connectivity in the country through the construction of new world-class transport infrastructure. RRTS is a new rail-based, semi-high-speed, high-frequency commuter transit system. With a design to run at the speed of 180 kmph, RRTS is a transformational, regional development initiative, which is designed to provide high-speed trains for intercity commuting every 15 minutes, which can go up to a frequency of every 5 minutes as per requirement.

Eight RRTS corridors to be developed in NCR

A total of eight RRTS corridors have been identified to be developed in NCR, out of which three corridors have been prioritised to be implemented in Phase-I including Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Corridor; Delhi – Gurugram – SNB – Alwar Corridor; and Delhi – Panipat Corridor. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS being developed at a cost of more than ₹30,000 crore and will connect Delhi to Meerut in less than an hour of travel time going through the urban centres of Ghaziabad, Muradnagar, and Modinagar.

In line with PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, the RRTS network will have extensive multi-modal integration with Railway stations, Metro stations, Bus services etc. Such transformative regional mobility solutions will boost economic activity in the region; provide improved access to employment, education & healthcare opportunities; and help in the significant reduction of vehicular congestion & air pollution.

Two stretches of Bengaluru Metro launched

The two metro stretches have also been formally dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister to connect Baiyappanahalli to Krishnarajapura and Kengeri to Challaghatta. These two metro stretches were opened for public service from 9th October 2023 to provide convenience to the public commuting on this corridor, without waiting for formal inauguration.

RRTS sets new standard for modern transport solution

This innovative project is set to provide a seamless and comfortable commuting experience for millions, contributing to the economic development and overall quality of life in the region. By integrating elements of speed, safety, and sustainability, the RRTS sets a new standard for modern transportation solutions, ushering in a new era of rapid and reliable connectivity for urban and suburban areas alike.

Phase 1 Corridors:

Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut RAPIDX Corridor (85.15 km): This corridor is set to revolutionize travel between D Ghaziabad, and Meerut. With its cutting-edge infrastructure and rapid transit capabilities, it promises to red travel time and enhance connectivity for commuters across these cities

Delhi – Gurugram – SNB – Alwar RAPIDX Corridor (106.0 km): Linking Delhi, Gurugram, SNB, and Alwar, this corridor ushers in a new era of regional connectivity. Its focus on speed and efficiency paves the way for enhanced traport experiences and economic growth.

Delhi – Panipat RAPIDX Corridor (103.0 km): The Delhi Panipat corridor is poised to redefine intercity trav providing a swift and convenient connection between the two cilies. This corridor holds the potential to resha the dynamics of commuting and regional development

Other Transformative Corridors:

Delhi – Faridabad – Ballabgarh – Palwal RAPIDX Corridor: This corridor envisions improved connectivity betwe Delhi, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, and Palwal. With its integration of advanced technologies, it promises a seamle journey for residents and commuters.

Delhi – Panipat RAPIDX Corridor (103.0 km): The Delhi-Panipat corridor is poised to redefine intercity travel, providing a swift and convenient connection between the two cities. This corridor holds the potential to reshape the dynamics of commuting and regional development.

Ghaziabad – Khurja RAPIDX Corridor: The Ghaziabad-Khurja corridor demonstrates NCRTC’s commitment to expanding high-speed connectivity. By bridging the gap between these two regions, it amplifies accessibility and convenience.

Delhi – Bahadurgarh – Rohtak RAPIDX Corridor: Connecting Delhi, Bahadurgarh, and Rotak, this corridor is set to enhance regional accessibility and foster economic growth. Its efficient rail-based system aims to redefine travel patterns.

Ghaziabad-Hapur RAPIDX Corridor: The Chaziabad-Hapur corridor is poised to bolster regional connectivity, offering a rapid and reliable link for commuters. Its seamless integration into the RRTS network transforms travel experiences.

Delhi-Shahadra-Baraut RAPIDX Corridor: The Delhi Shahadra-Baraut corridor underscores the comprehensive nature of the RRTS project. By connecting these regions, it contributes to a holistic and integrated urban transportation system.

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