On Saturday, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) received the first trainset of the country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) for the 82.5-kilometre Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Phase 1.

The nation’s first semi-high-speed regional train, developed by global mobility provider Alstom at its engineering centre in Hyderabad and manufactured in Savli, Gujarat, can run at 180 km/h and will shorten the travel time connecting Delhi and Meerut by 40%.

Much Anticipated High-Speed Trains

The aerodynamic trains are intended to provide top-of-the-line comfort and safety for commuters while still being energy efficient.

Passengers travelling from Delhi to Meerut had been anticipating the arrival of this high-speed train for quite some time. The first train coach arrived in Duhai for the testing. The train will be run on schedule by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). Passengers will be able to travel by train from Sahibabad to Duhai beginning in 2023.

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Features of Top-Notch Trains

On the fully air-conditioned, six-car trainset, safety features include ergonomically designed 22 transverse seating, overhead luggage racks, a broad gangway for comfy standing, CCTV cameras, exterior camera, intercom, fire & smoke detector, fire extinguisher, door status indicators, WiFi, laptop/mobile/USB charging stations, grab handles, dynamic route display maps, large windows for a spectacular view, auto mechanisms have evolved lighting system, and ergonomically designed for specially-abled and medical emergency.

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Alstom was Granted Contract in 2020

In 2020, Alstom was granted a 15-year contract to design, produce, and deliver 210 regional commuter and transit trainsets, as well as provide maintenance services. In September 2020, the initial glimpse of the train for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor, influenced by the Lotus Temple, was revealed. In July 2021, the production process was initiated.

Alstom India Managing Director Alain SPOHR praised the company’s quick turnaround period, describing the delivery as a major moment in the development of the semi-high-speed regional commuter service. “Delivering the first train a year after starting production reaffirms Alstom’s commitment to revolutionising India’s rail networks,” he said.

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Delhi to Meerut in 50-55 Minutes

This train, as per Indian Railways, can travel from Delhi to Meerut in 50 to 55 minutes. In the first phase, 180 kmph train will travel a distance of 100 km in one hour, making it the nation’s first high-speed rail line.

The 82-kilometre drive from Delhi to Meerut via Ghaziabad will take 55 minutes. From Delhi to Meerut, 25 stations are now being prepared for the trip. Every station will have a 30-second halt, and the train will run every 5-10 minutes.

“Made in India, Made for India”

According to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the RRTS trainset is a true reflection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of an Aatmanirbhar India. “It is the perfect example of the Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative, designed in India, made in India, and made for India,” he said.

In March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS route. It is one of three rapid rail lines designed as part of the RRTS project’s Phase I by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation. The project costs Rs 30,274 crore and will include 24 stations.


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