The first look of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) inspired by Delhi’s iconic Lotus Temple was unveiled by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in the capital on Friday. The prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022 and will be the first RRTS corridor to be implemented in India.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), mandated to implement RRTS in the Delhi NCR has claimed that the trains will be lightweight and fully air-conditioned, with the outer body of stainless steel. On the lines of Delhi’s Lotus Temple, the RRTS trains will be designed to have ample air circulation and flow of natural sources of light along with temperature and lighting control systems with less energy consumption. Each car will be having automatic plug-in type wide doors with selective opening, transverse 2×2 seating, overhead luggage rack, and on-board Wi-Fi among other commuter-centric features and will also have a universally accessible dedicated wheelchair space near the doorway. One spacious business class coach having an automatic food-vending machine and one women’s coach are said to be added. The energy-efficient train with a design speed of 180kmph is said to bring down the travel time between Meerut and Delhi by around one-third to less than one hour from three to four hours at present by road.
The civil construction work on about 50km long section between Shatabdi Nagar and Sahibabad is in full swing including the construction of the four stations of Sahibabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Ghaziabad. The corridor’s priority section is targeted to be commissioned in 2023 and the entire corridor will be commissioned in 2025.