The Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System is a semi-high speed rail route connecting Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut that is 82.15 km long and under development. It is one of the three rapid rail lines planned under Phase I of National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) project with a maximum speed of 180 km per hour (111.85 miles per hour), the distance between Delhi and Meerut will be covered in less than one hour. RRTS is different from metro as it caters to passengers looking to travel relatively longer distance with fewer stops.
On March 8, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the corridor’s foundation stone. On the 21-kilometer-long Delhi-Meerut RRTS network in Meerut, local transit services will also be provided for local transportation requirements in the name of MRTS.
It is anticipated that the entire corridor will be completed by 2025, with an estimated daily ridership of 0.8 million.The NCRTC has awarded SYSTRA MVA Consultancy India Pvt Ltd, in partnership with SYSTRA SA, detailed design consulting work for packages 3 and 7, which include 6 RRTS & 6 MRTS stations and 44km of viaduct design.
Key features of the project
- The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is India’s first RRTS corridor
- Multi-Modal Integration: RRTS stations would be integrated with multiple modes of transportation, including airports, railway stations, interstate bus terminals, and Delhi Metro stations, among others. The seamless integration of various types of transportation stimulates the usage of public transportation
- Platform Screen Doors: For better commuter safety, all RRTS stations will have platform screen doors
- Facility of luxury executive lounges in station platforms
- First time in India, 73m Steel Span Arch Truss was chosen and designed for design speed of 180 kmph to cross obligatory span and lowering of rail levels
- The implementation of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor is anticipated to increase the proportion of public transportation in the region from 37 % to 63 %, hence reducing pollution
- This corridor will dramatically reduce air pollutants, notably PM 2.5 by 60,000 tonnes, Nitrogen Oxide by 475,000 tonnes, Hydrocarbons by 80,000 tonnes, and Carbon Monoxide by 80,000 tonnes yearly, according to forecasts