Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System

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Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System
Overview
OwnerNCRTC
Area served
LocaleNCR
Transit typeRegional Rail
Number of lines1
Number of stations16
Websitencrtc.in
Operation
Began operation2023(Estd.)
Headway5-10 minutes
Technical
System length82 km (51 mi)
Track gauge(1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge)[1]
Electrification25 kV, 50 Hz AC Overhead catenary
Average speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Top speed160 km/h (99 mph)
System map
Delhi-Meerut RRTS
Sarai Kale Khan
New Ashok Nagar
Anand Vihar
Sahibabad
Ghaziabad
Guldhar
Duhai
Muradnagar
Modi Nagar South
Modi Nagar North
Meerut South
Shatabdi Nagar
Meerut Central
Begumpul
Meerut North
Modipuram
Delhi-NCR RRTS route map.svg

Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (Delhi–Meerut RRTS) is an 82 km long,[2][3] under-construction, semi-high speed rail corridor connecting Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut. It is one of the three rapid-rail corridors planned under Phase-I of Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) project of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). With maximum speed of 160 km/h (99.42 mph), the distance between Delhi and Meerut will be covered in around 62 min (1.03 h).[4] The project will cost 30,274 crore (US$4.4 billion) and is expected to start operations by 2025.[3]

Timelines[edit]

  • May 2017: Government of Uttar Pradesh approved DPR of Delhi-Meerut RRTS project.[5][6]
  • February 2019: Central Govt approved 30,274 Cr Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut 82.15 km RRTS project.[7]
  • March 2019: Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for this project.[8]
  • June 2019: Pillar Construction work started.[9]

Introduction[edit]

The corridor would be beneficial for the development of the region and help connect the large number of townships and centres of economic activity that are already planned along this corridor.

Length = 82 km

Number of RRTS Stations =16

Number of additional Stations for Meerut MRTS = 6

Route[edit]

Map showing the three proposed RRTS lines along with Metro and Indian Railways services

Of the entire length, 68.03 km (42.27 mi) is elevated, 14.12 km (8.77 mi) is underground[2] and 1.45 km (0.90 mi) will be at grade for connections to two depots that will come up at Duhai, Ghaziabad and Modipuram, Meerut. In densely populated areas of Delhi and Meerut, the route will be underground, including that of the river Yamuna.[3] The entire route is designed for a maximum speed of 180 km/h (111.85 mph) and the operating speed will be 160 km/h (99.42 mph).[10][11] Average speed (including all the stops) will come around 100 km/h (62.14 mph).[11]

The Delhi-Meerut corridor starts from Sarai Kale Khan station in Delhi. The corridor will pass through areas of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut, terminating at Modipuram in Meerut.[2][3]

Hazrat Nizamuddin Sarai Kale Khan will also become a transit hub with the presence of Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station, Sarai Kale Khan ISBT and the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station in vicinity.[3]

The 38.05 km (23.64 mi) long Sahibabad - Meerut South section, including Duhai Depot, is expected to become operational by January 2023, the 16.60 km (10.31 mi) Hazrat Nizamuddin - Sahibabad in January 2024 and the remaining 37.40 km (23.24 mi) Meerut South - Modipuram in July 2024.[3]

There will be a total of 16 stations [12]

Delhi Meerut RRTS Stations
No. Station Name Connections Station Layout Platform Type Depot Connection Depot Layout Opening
English Hindi
1 Sarai Kale Khan - Nizamuddin सराय काले खान - निजामुद्दीन  Pink Line 

 Indian Railways 

 ISBT 

Elevated Side None None March 2024
2 New Ashok Nagar न्यू अशोक नगर  Blue Line 
3 Anand Vihar आनंद विहार  Blue Line 

 Indian Railways   ISBT   Pink Line 

Underground Island
4 Sahibabad साहिबाबाद  Blue Line 

 Indian Railways 

Elevated Side None None March 2023
5 Ghaziabad ग़ाज़ियाबाद  Indian Railways 
6 Guldhar गुलधर
7 Duhai दुहाई At Grade Duhai Depot At Grade
8 Murad Nagar मुराद नगर Elevated None None
9 Modi Nagar South मोदीनगर दक्षिण
10 Modi Nagar North मोदीनगर उत्तर
11 Meerut South मेरठ दक्षिण
12 Shatabdi Nagar शताब्दी नगर Underground Island None None August 2024
13 Meerut Central मेरठ केंद्रीय
14 Begumpul बेगमपुल
15 Meerut North मेरठ उत्तर Elevated Side
16 Modipuram मोदीपुरम Modipuram Depot At Grade

Control System[edit]

National Capital Region Transport Corporation has decided to equip European Train Control System (ETCS) on its Sarai Kale Khan hub in Delhi Meerut RRTS Route.[13]

Status update[edit]

1.June 2019 - Piling work has been started by National Capital Region Transport Corporation near Duhai [14]

Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Project construction near Duhai

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feasibility Report: RRTS Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut (PDF) (Report). Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "NCRTC | Delhi – Meerut Corridor". ncrtc.in. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Reporter, Staff. "Delhi-Meerut rapid rail project gets green light". NDTV. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ "NCRTC | Project Details". ncrtc.in. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  5. ^ "NCRTC | Uttar Pradesh Government Approves Delhi-Meerut RRTS". ncrtc.in. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  6. ^ Agarwal, Kabir (6 May 2017). "Delhi-Meerut rapid rail priority for govt: CM Yogi". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/infra/govt-approves-rs-30274-cr-delhi-ghaziabad-meerut-regional-rapid-transport-system/story/320397.html
  8. ^ "PM Narendra Modi laid down the foundation stone for the project". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  9. ^ "दिल्ली से मेरठ तक का सफर 60 मिनट में, रोजाना हजारों यात्रियों को होगा फायदा". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  10. ^ PTI, Press Trust of India (6 December 2016). "NCRTC approves Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor". India Today. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b "NCRTC | RRTS – Background". ncrtc.in. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  12. ^ "NCRTC|Delhi-Meerut Corridor". ncrtc.in.
  13. ^ "Sarai Kale Khan hub to get European Train Control System".
  14. ^ "Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor: NCRTC Initiates Piling Work For Viaduct Foundation Near Duhai".