Technical details
NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation)

2019 : award of the design contract to SYSTRA
2023 : commissioning expected

Conventional rail

Halving the journey time between Delhi and Meerut: such is the challenge that the teams at SYSTRA in India will overcome in the context of the country’s move towards a regional rapid rail network for public transport, similar to the French regional express trains (RER).

The Delhi-Meerut express line will link the Indian capital to the suburbs Ghaziabad and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. It will revolutionise travel for the inhabitants of Meerut, who will benefit from 12 new stations on the 18km section between Modipuram and Meerut South.

This line is the first of three express rail corridors planned for phase 1 of the Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) programme of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC), the two others being the Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat Corridors. SYSTRA will therefore take part in the design of an unprecedented regional express rail network.

We will act as Detailed Design Consultant for Civil, Architectural and E&M Works on behalf of NCRTC. This involves 5 of the 16 main elevated stations of the new RRTS, 2 of the metro stations (integrated in the line so as to better serve Meerut), as well as the section in viaduct linking Duhai station to the maintenance site.

The teams are responsible for coordination and overall project management, the Detailed Design of structures, architecture and electromechanical equipment of the stations, but also for the viaducts designed using BIM, review of the current alignment, Property development, Detailed Design of Multimodal design facilities, Survey & geotechnical studies, Preparation of bill of quantity (BOQ), and even tender assistance and Detailed Design of track supporting structures.

Thus, the Indian capital will have in 2023 a new rapid and local service (up to 180km/h) with a total length of 82km, covered in 55 minutes from one end to the other, half the time it currently takes, with trains running every 5-10 minutes. This will remove an estimated 100,000 vehicles from local roads and transport several hundred thousand passengers per day.