National Capital Region Transport Corporation
|State owned SPV|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Vinay Kumar Singh (Managing Director)|
|Owner||Union govt (50%) |
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) - a Joint Venture company of Government of India and States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh is mandated for implementing the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project across the National Capital Region (NCR), ensuring a balanced and sustainable urban development through better connectivity and access.
On 11th July 2013 the Union Cabinet approved constitution of National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) under the Companies Act, 1956 for designing, developing, implementing, financing, operating and maintaining Regional Rapid Transit system (RRTS) in National Capital Region (NCR) to provide comfortable and fast transit to NCR towns and meet the high growth in transport demand. Accordingly, NCRTC has been incorporated on 1 August 2013. Mr. Vinay Kumar Singh appointed as the first regular Managing Director of NCRTC in July 2016.
RRTS Corridors Prioritized for implementation:
The NCRTC board approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor on 6th December 2016. Subsequent to the approval of DPR by States and Union Government, on 8th March 2019, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut. The civil construction work is in progress and the priority section of the corriodor between Sahibabad to Duhai is targetted to be commissioned by 2023.Travel time between the Delhi and Meerut will reduce to less than 60 minutes from the existing around three hours, once this RRTS gets operational.
The second priortized RRTS corridor between Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar is planned to be executed in three stages. The DPR of first stage between Delhi-Gurugram-SNB was approved by NCRTC Board on 7th December, 2018. Subsequently, the Governments of Haryana, Rajasthan and NCT Delhi approved the DPR of the corridor and it is under active consideration of the Government of India for sanction. The DPR of second stage of this corridor between SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) to Sotanala has also approved by NCRTC Board on 13th March, 2020.
The DPR of the third priotized RRTS corridor between Delhi - Panipat is approved by NCRTC Board on 13th March, 2020.
Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)
- RRTS is a rail-based high speed, high frequency, high capacity, comfortable, air-conditioned, reliable, and safe commuter service connecting regional nodes.
- Design Speed – 180 km/h, Operational Speed -160 km/h, Average Speed of 100 km/h – Delhi to Meerut in less than 55 minutes
- Train every ~5-10 minutes; Serving traffic nodes at every 5-10 kms
- Train Services will not be affected even during extreme weather conditions.
- RRTS is different from conventional Railway as it will provide reliable, high frequency, point to point regional travel at high speed along a dedicated pathway.
- RRTS is different from metro as it caters to passengers looking to travel a relatively longer distances with fewer stops and at a higher speed. While metro rail projects generally serve the need of intra-city movement and operate within metropolitan cities like Delhi, Chennai or Kochi, etc.; RRTS will connect suburban and urban centres in NCR and will run from one city centre to another, thus providing a seamless transit network to the entire region.
Unique aspects of RRTS
Waiting time and number of interchanges are two major deterrents in the adoption of any public transport system. To provide seamless movement to the commuters, the three RRTS corridors of phase – 1, i.e. Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut, Delhi – Panipat, and Delhi – Gurugram – SNB will be interoperable. The interoperability of the three RRTS corridors will provide a hassle-free, comfortable, and seamless travel experience to the commuters. The commuters would be able to travel from one corridor station to another without interchanging the rail, thus motivating them to leave their private vehicles and switch to RRTS
Multimodal Integration 
RRTS stations would be integrated with various modes of public transport systems like Airport, Indian Railway Stations, Inter-State Bus Terminus, Delhi Metro Stations, wherever possible. The integration will facilitate the seamless movement of commuters from one mode of public transport to another. Seamless integration between different modes of transport will encourage people to use public transport. While RRTS will act as a backbone for regional transportation, Delhi Metro lines will complement it by providing feeder dispersal services. The Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will be a mega terminal where all 3 Phase-I RRTS corridors will merge.
|RRTS Station||Mode of transport with which integration will be provided|
|Ghaziabad||New Bus Adda|
|New Ashok Nagar||New Ashok Nagar Metro Station|
|Anand Vihar||Anand Vihar Metro Station, Anand Vihar ISBT and UPSRTC Bus Depot (Kaushambi)|
|Sarai Kale Khan||Line 7 (Pink Line) of Delhi Metro,Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and ISBT Sarai Kale Khan|
|INA||Line 2 (Yellow) of Delhi Metro|
|Aerocity||Indira Gandhi International Airport , Airport Express Line of Delhi Metro and Proposed phase IV of Delhi Metro|
|Udyog Vihar||Proposed extension of Gurugram Rapid Metro and Proposed Metro from Gurugram railway station|
|Kherki Dhaula Toll||Proposed Bawal Metro and Proposed Bus Terminus|
|Panchgao||Proposed Bawal Metro, Proposed ISBT and Proposed Multimodal Hub|
|Bawal||Bawal Bus Stand|
Operation of RRTS will promote the use of public transport. It will encourage the commuters to leave their private vehicles for public transport.
Option of Business Class: Each RRTS train will have a separate business coach. This will encourage the business class commuters of NCR to switch to public transport for intercity travel.
Comfortable Travel: The air-conditioned RRTS coaches will have transverse seating arrangement with an overhead space for keeping luggage, Wi-Fi connection among other modern amenities.
Women Coach : Each RRTS train will have a separate coach for women travelers just like Delhi Metro.
Universal Accessibility: The entire infrastructure of RRTS either stations or train will be made giving all due importance to universal accessibility.
Need for RRTS Project
The National Capital Region (NCR) has grown over the years to cover parts of states around Delhi namely, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Today the total area which falls under NCR is about 55,083 km2  with the total population of over 4.6 crores (Census 2011). The regional has seen a decadal population growth of ~24% between 2001 and 2011. Entire NCR is an urban agglomeration with an urbanization of about 62%.
Further, in 2007, the number of Passenger vehicles crossing Delhi borders breached 1,100,000 (Eleven Lakhs) per day. This has triggered the need to have effective regional public transport system on a priority.
Benefits of RRTS Project
Enhanced Economic Activities
A high-speed, comfortable and affordable mode of transport like RRTS has the potential to change the movement patterns of people and usher-in economic development across the region. With reduced travel times, the overall productivity of the region would improve, leading to improved overall economic activity leading to balanced economic development. The RRTS would lead to a polycentric economic development in a uniform manner across the region.
With a reduced number of private vehicles and shift towards clean transportation system like RRTS, fuel consumption is expected to go down. Low fuel consumption means lower emissions and less pollution.
NCRTC will be deploying a state of the art technology to develop rail based rapid transit system with a design speed of 180 kmph. Such a speed will necessarily require grade separated track, latest signaling and control system, to ensure high throughput and safe operation. The rolling stock will be air-conditioned and having capability of acceleration and deceleration. The traction power will be through 25 KV overhead equipment.
NCRTC will execute three rapid rail corridors to Panipat, Meerut and Alwar from the capital at an estimated cost of about ₹1,00,000 crores. A 103-km stretch between Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat with an estimated cost of ₹30,000 crores. A 168-km stretch between Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar estimated to cost ₹37,500 crores and an 82 km stretch between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut estimated to cost ₹32,500 crores.
RRTS Project - Background
The Indian Railways had commissioned a study during 1998-99 to identify rail projects for commuter travel in NCR and Delhi. It identified RRTS for connecting NCR towns to Delhi with fast commuter trains. The proposal was re-examined in 2006 in the light of extension of Metro to some of the NCR towns. The Planning Commission formed a Task Force in 2005 under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to develop a multi-modal transport system for National Capital Region (NCR). This was included in the Integrated Transport Plan for NCR 2032 with special emphasis on Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) connecting regional centers. The Task Force identified 8 corridors and prioritised three corridors namely Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar for implementation. In March 2010, National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) appointed M/S Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut and Delhi-Panipat and M/S Urban Mass Transit Company Limited for Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar to carry out feasibility study and prepare the Detailed Project Report.
It is being taken up in three phases (I) Delhi to SNB, (II) SNB to Sotanala and (III) to Alwar. The DPR (Detailed Project Report) for the Delhi to SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) was approved by the union government in December 2018.
History of NCRTC
The National Capital Region Transport Corporations (NCRTC) came into existence in 2013. On 11 July 2013 the Union Cabinet approved constitution of National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) under the Companies Act, 1956 with initial seed capital of ₹100 crores as per Company Act, 1956 for designing, developing, implementing, financing, operating and maintaining Regional Rapid Transit system (RRTS) in National Capital Region (NCR) to provide comfortable and fast transit to NCR towns and meet the high growth in transport demand. Accordingly, NCRTC has been incorporated on 1 August 2013. This company may form subsidiary companies for implementing each corridor. The seed capital was to be contributed as follows:
|Government of India|
|Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs||22.5%|
|Ministry of Railways||22.5%|
|National Capital Region Planning Board||5.0%|
|Government of NCT Delhi||12.5%|
|Government of Uttar Pradesh||12.5%|
|Government of Rajasthan||12.5%|
|Government of Haryana||12.5%|
Existing NCR transport system
The transport system of NCR consists of a road network and rail corridors catering to intra-city, inter-city commuters and long-distance traffic. The freight traffic is also substantial in the region which is mainly carried by road. NCR has a road network of about 36,305 km; a bus fleet of 58,300 buses (registered in NCR), a rail network of more than 1000 km; and an International Airport in Delhi.
The existing road transport network is ‘radial’ in nature. It comprises Expressways, National Highways, State Highways, Major District Roads and Other District Roads. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways vide notification no. S.O.542(E) dated 05.03.2010 rationalized the numbering system of National Highways in India. The revised numbers as well as old number are given in the following table. The old numbers of National Highways are popular and recognizable.
|S.No.||Roads||Name of Roads with old numbers of National Highways||! New Numbers of National Highways|
|i.||National Highways Converging to Meerut & Ghaziabad||NH-58 : Delhi-Meerut||NH-34 (Ghaziabad-Meerut)|
|ii.||Other National Highways in NCR||NH-119 : Meerut-Bijnor & NH-235:Meerut-Hapur-Bulandshahar||NH-34 & NH-334|
The NCR rail network falls under three zonal railways (Northern, North-Western and North-Central) and five divisions. Six rail corridors converge to Delhi and three rail corridors converge to Ghaziabad. The zone-wise rail corridors are as under:
|Northern Railway zone||North Western Railway zone||North Central Railway zone|
|. Ambala railway division . Delhi railway division . Moradabad railway division||. Bikaner railway division||. Agra railway division|
|. Delhi-Faridabad-Palwal . Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari
. Delhi-Shakurbasti-Rohtak . Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat
. Ghaziabad-Hapur-Garmukteshwar . Meerut -Bulandshahr, Delhi (Shahadara)-Shamli-Saharanpur . Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut-Muzaffarnagar(to Saharanpur)
|. Rewari-Bhiwadi-Alwar||. Palwal-Mathura |
Intermediate Public Transport System (IPTS)
A large number of auto-rickshaws, electric rickshaws, and taxis operate in cities and towns within the NCR. On an average, an auto rickshaw carries 96 passengers per day and other vehicles like Rough Terrain Vehicle (RTVs) carry 114 passengers per day in NCR. The Intermediate Public Transport System (IPTS) suffers from many constraints like lack of terminal facilities, technological obsolescence, uneconomical fares, parking etc. There is an urgent need to facilitate growth and operation of IPTS within the NCR for providing last mile connectivity with MRTS, RRTS and Bus System.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the major airport in NCR. In terms of traffic volume, it is also the largest in India, and handles annually about 50 million (2016) passengers and 0.56 million tonnes of cargo traffic (2011–12). Presently it has three operational runways with a peak hour handling capacity of 75 aircraft movements. There are three separate terminal areas for domestic passengers, international passengers, and cargo. The international passenger traffic at Delhi airport is 30% of the total passenger traffic. However, the international cargo traffic is 65% of the total cargo traffic. The Airport connects 60 destinations all over the globe through 51 international airlines. Of the passenger traffic, about 76% was generated within NCTD, 19% in NCR (excluding NCTD) and 5% beyond NCR (2007). Besides, it is expected to handle a large quantity of cargo on commissioning of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi is the only commercial airport serving NCR. It is the second biggest in the country, handling a passenger traffic of 35.88 million and cargo traffic of 0.56 million tonnes, per annum. IGIA development, operation and management have been privatized. Air traffic is increasing at a high rate and it is estimated that Delhi airport would handle 82.7 million passengers by 2026. Based on the future growth of International Air traffic, a second International Airport in NCR may be developed.
Taj International Airport, Jewar
The Taj International Airport is a proposed international airport to be constructed in Jewar (56 kilometres (35 mi) from Noida) in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. It is well connected with cities Agra, Bulandshahr, Greater Noida and Palwal. The Jewar airport is 85 kilometres (53 mi) from Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi and 280 kilometres (170 mi) from Hisar Airport. In May 2017, the airport was granted approval by the union government cabinet as the second airport for the NCR, to be built by 2022-23 with a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year. This led to the protest from the politicians of Harayana for ignoring Hisar airport for the development. In July 2017, the Union Chief Secretary for Aviation warned Uttar Pradesh government to expedite the planning process as Hisar Airport was also pushing for its competing union cabinet approval for another airport for the NCR, thus prolonging the return on investment for both airports due to still-feasible-but-diluted viability for both.
Hisar International Airport
Hisar Airport is 5 km from the city center of NCR counter magnet city of Hisar and 160 km from IGI Airport at Delhi, and it is being promoted as a major integrated aviation hub with passenger, cargo, MRO and aviation industrial manufacturing facilities. It was built in 1965 over 194 acres (79 ha).  In 2002, the Delhi Flying Club (DFC) shifted all its flying activities and aircraft to Hisar from Safdarjung Airport in Delhi.
In 2011, the Government of Haryana invited Request for Qualification (RFQ) from commercial parties for the setting up of Integrated General Aviation hubs as public–private partnerships; with Hisar to be one of the airports to have a hub. Expansion plans entail aircraft maintenance and Fixed Based Operator facilities.
In August 2012, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation approved a state government plan to develop the airport to allow domestic airline services. Its 4,000 feet (1,219 m) runway will be extended to 6,000 feet (1,829 m), to accommodate turboprop aircraft such as the ATR 72 and jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. The airport's night flying equipment was also upgraded in 2012. In December 2014, the Government of India commissioned a survey for upgrading Hisar airport (170 kilometres (110 mi) from Delhi) into an International airport; as Hisar is also a Counter Magnet City within the National Capital Region and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC). In July 2016, the Chief Minister and Defence Minister announced the commencement of the preparations to start the army airport and army air craft MRO (Maintenance, repair, and operations) at Hisar airport. In 2016-17 budget, the Government of Haryana approved INR 50 crore (INR 500 million) for the development of Hisar airport into an international airport with passenger and cargo operations and 3000 acre MRO (Maintenance, repair, and operations) and Fixed-base Operations (FBO) aerospace industrial park and aviation hub to be developed by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC).
Meerut Airport aka B.R. Ambedkar Airport is situated at Partapur 9 km south of Meerut and 84 km north of IGI Delhi airport, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The airstrip, spread across 47 acres, is used for unscheduled flights. It has been suggested that the airport be upgraded as a second airport for Delhi. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had proposed the development of the airport to provide better air connectivity in the western parts of the state, which had already been assessed for up-gradation to cater to scheduled operations. Union civil aviation minister Ajit Singh had urged the State government to handover the airstrip and an additional 427 acres to AAI for development. AAI presented a master plan to the state government in April 2012 seeking the transfer of the airstrip and additional land free of cost and free from all encumbrances. The state had earlier planned to build a new airport of international standard on same location. The state government had issued a notice for appointing a consultant to prepare a comprehensive feasibility project report, a bid document and the concession agreement for the proposed airport. The project would be implemented through public-private partnership on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis.
The State Government decided to have an international airport at Meerut based on a study conducted on the area's traffic density. Following this, the ministry of civil aviation gave its in-principle approval. The need for a second airport on the fringes of the national capital region has been a long-standing demand of the Uttar Pradesh government, especially in view of the burgeoning air traffic at Delhi airport. The proposed airport will not only cater to the industrial towns of western Uttar Pradesh but would also be of immense relief to neighbouring Uttarakhand.
Bhiwadi Greenfield Airport
The proposed Bhiwadi Greenfield Airport, located at Bhiwadi between Rewari and Palwal, is being positioned as an alternative cargo and passenger airport for the Delhi and NCR by the Rajasthan government. Union government has not provided any approval yet.
NCR Proposed Transport Plan
The NCR Planning Board had prepared a Functional Plan on Transport for National Capital Region with perspective year 2032, which is an Integrated Multimodal Transport Plan (IMTP). The Functional Plan was prepared after review of demand and supply of transport infrastructure in NCR. The Functional Plan was approved by the NCR Planning Board in November 2009. The Plan recommended an Integrated Multi-Modal Transportation System for NCR to improve the mobility of both people and goods. It also recommended systematic development of the Transport System for fast and efficient movement of traffic, particularly for commuter traffic and to achieve sustainable development of the region. The Plan comprises the following components:
|1. Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)||7. Bus Terminals|
|2. New Rail Lines||8. Logistic Hubs|
|3. Regional Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS)||9. Integrated Freight Complexes|
|4. Up-gradation of Roads||10. Highway Facilities Centres, and|
|5. Expressways||11. Airports|
|6. Bus Transport System|
The Plan was circulated for implementation to NCR participating State Governments in July 2010, February 2011 and December 2011. It was also circulated to the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in February 2011 and in January 2012.
Objectives of the Transport Plan are: (i) to provide an efficient and economical rail- and road-based transportation system (including mass transport systems) well-integrated with the landuse patterns to support balanced regional development; (ii) to provide accessibility to all parts of the region and discourage transit of passengers and goods through the core area of NCT-Delhi by constructing Peripheral Expressways/ bypasses and thereby opening new areas for economic development; (iii) to provide a suitable public transport system in NCR to shift people from private transport to public transport, and (iv) to reduce vehicular air pollution.
Transport plan for NCR
Expressways, Regional Arterial and Regional Sub-Arterial Roads
Road Network forms the main component of Functional Plan on Transport for NCR-2032. A hierarchical classification comprising Regional Expressways, Regional Arterials, Regional Sub-Arterials, Regional Collectors / Distributors and Regional Access Roads is proposed. An extensive Regional Expressway Network extending over a length of 1107 km is proposed. At the second level, the existing radial National Highway corridors converging into Delhi and circular National Highways are proposed to be developed as part of Regional Arterials.
|S. No.||Expressways & Regional Expressways (Greenfield Alignments)||Length (Km)||ROW (m)||Type||Status|
|1||Ganga Expressway (within NCR)*||65.0||100||Greenfield|
|2||Yamuna Expressway (within NCR)*||65.0||100||Greenfield||Operational|
|3||Western Peripheral Expressway||135.6||100||Greenfield||Operational 2017|
|4||Eastern Peripheral Expressway||136.0||100||Greenfield||Operational 2017|
|5||Panipat Elevated Expressway||10.00||100||Greenfield||Operational|
|6||Delhi - Ghaziabad||15.34||100||Greenfield||Awarded|
|7||Ghaziabad - Delhi - Meerut||33.21||100||Greenfield||Awarded|
|8||Ghaziabad - Hapur||25.90||100||Greenfield|
|9||Khurja - Bulandshahr - Hapur - Meerut||72.44||100||Greenfield|
|10||Meerut - Baghpat - Sonepat||37.48||100||Greenfield|
|11||Delhi - Baghpat||36.28||100||Greenfield|
|12||Khurja - Jewar - Noida||65||100||Greenfield|
|13||Delhi - Sonipat - Panipat (NH-1)||69.75||100||Greenfield|
|14||Panipat - Rohtak (NH-71A)||71||100||Greenfield|
In addition to above, NHAI has recently proposed Delhi-Jaipur Expressway. On this Expressway, two spurs to connect Bhiwadi (38 km) and Jhajjar (25 km) are also proposed in NCR. The total length of Delhi-Jaipur Expressway in NCR including the two spurs will be 130 km. It is proposed to provide access to Behror from this expressway with a small spur. Government of Rajasthan has also proposed a 100 m wide link road of expressway standard between Neemrana and Bhiwadi. The proposed phase-wise programme for development of Regional Arterial roads in NCR is shown in Table. In case RoW is not available, elevated roads could be considered for increasing the number of lanes.
|S. No.||Regional Arterials||Length (km)||ROW (m)|
|1||Ghaziabad - Meerut (NH-58)||53.0||60|
|2||Hapur - Meerut (NH-235)||33.0||60|
|3||Meerut - Garhmukteshwar - Bulandshahr||93.0||60|
|4||Meerut - Haridwar (NH-58) (till NCR Border)||19.0||60|
|5||Meerut - Hastinapur - Bijnor(NH-119)||50.0||60|
|6||Loni - Baghpat - Baraut - Till NCR Border||68.0||60|
Regional Rail System
Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)
The rail-based inter- regional commuter demand in NCR is estimated to be 1.7 million passengers per day by 2032.
Phase I (Implementation)
- Speed (kmph): 180 design, 160 operational and 100 average speed
- Trains: 6 cars carrying total 1,154 passengers
- Frequency: 5 – 10 minutes
- Ease: Point-to-point trains, no change of trains
- Tracks: Underground and elevated
- Route & length: map (legends: BTK (Bhiwadi-Tapukara-Khushkhera), MBIR (Manesar Bawal Investment Region), SNB (Nangal Shahbazpur border), RGEU (Rajiv Gandhi Education & University) city)
|Sl No.||RRTS Corridors (Phase 1)||Length (km)||Stations||Cost||Construction Start||Completion||Project Updates|
|1.||Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut||82 km (51 mi)||16||₹325,980 million (equivalent to ₹370 billion or US$5.2 billion in 2019)||Jan 2019||2025||As on May 2020: The construction of India’s first Regional Rail corridor is in full swing. Construction of Viaduct Segments are in progress at Casting yards for Package 1 & 2 situated at Vasundhara, Ghaziabad. The fabrication of launching girder is near completion and is likely to be erected shortly. On the 17-km long prioritized section between Sahibabad and Duhai around 1200 piles have been laid and 20 piers erected. Viaduct superstructure will be launched soon. While this part of the corridor will become operational by 2023, the commercial operations on the entire Delhi-Meerut corridor will commence by 2025.
|2.||Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat||103 km (64 mi)||16||₹300,000 million (equivalent to ₹340 billion or US$4.7 billion in 2019)||2019||2025||Haryana Govt approved the extension of corridor upto Karnal ( as of Jan 2020).|
|3.||Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar||164 km (102 mi)||22||₹375,390 million (equivalent to ₹420 billion or US$5.9 billion in 2019)||2019||2025||The Detailed Project Report of Phase-1 of this corridor (Delhi-Gurugram-SNB) has been approved by the respective state governments and is under active consideration of Central government. Pre-construction work like Geo-Technical Investigation, Pile Loading Test and mapping of underground utilities are underway on this corridor.
* the engagement of Detailed Design Consultant for Civil, Architectural and E &M work for the design of seven no. elevated stations (Panchgaon, Bilaspur, Dharuhera, MBIR, Rewari, Bawal and SNB and Dharuhera Depot,
* engagement for proof checking consultant for Civil, Structural Design of elevated Viaduct from Delhi (SKK) to SNB (73 Km) and 10 elevated stations and one depot at Dharuhera
* execution of enabling civil works and works related to utilities shifting such as water pipeline, stormwater drain, gas pipelines, etc. and associated electrical and telecom work between Sarai Kale Khan-IDPL Complex and IDPL Complex and SNB.
|Sl No.||RRTS||Corridor||Length (km)||Stations||Note|
|1.||Delhi-Rohtak||Delhi-Bhadurgarh-Rohtak||~66 km (41 mi)||TBD||Proposed Phase III extension to Hisar, ~94 km (58 mi)|
|2.||Delhi-Palwal||Delhi-Faridabad-Ballabgarh-Palwal||~86 km (53 mi)||TBD|
|3.||Ghaziabad-Khurja||Ghaziabad-Bulandshahr- Khurja||~66 km (41 mi)||TBD|
|4.||Ghaziabad-Hapur||Ghaziabad-Hapur||~40 km (25 mi)||TBD|
|5.||Delhi-Baraut||Delhi-Shahadra-Baraut||~54 km (34 mi)||TBD|
|6.||Delhi-Jewar||Delhi-Noida-Greater Noida-Jewar||~67 km (42 mi)||TBD|
Orbital Rail Corridor
In view of recommendations of the Functional Plan on Transport for NCR-2032, the earlier Orbital Corridor proposed in Regional Plan for NCR-2021 has been revised and following two Orbital Rail corridors have been proposed: i. Regional Orbital Rail Corridor (RORC) ii. Inner Regional Orbital Rail Corridor (IRORC)
Regional Orbital Rail Corridor (RORC)
The Regional Orbital Rail Corridor (RORC) connecting Panipat-Gohana-Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari-Palwal-Bhiwadi-Khurja-Bulandshahr-Hapur-Meerut-Panipat enables movement of passenger and goods at the regional level avoiding Delhi area. RORC also interconnects the Regional Centers which would increase their accessibility and potential for growth.
- Panipat-Rohtak line, via Panipat-Gohana-Rohtak, existing.
- Rohtak-Rewari line, via Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari, existing.
- Rewari-Khurja line, via Rewari-Palwal-Bhiwadi-Khurja, new rail line, survey completed.
- Khurja-Meerut line, via Khurja-Bulandshahr-Hapur-Meerut, existing.
- Meerut-Panipat line, new rail line, survey completed.
Inner Regional Orbital Rail Corridor (IRORC)
In addition to RORC, five following rail lines within NCR are proposed to strengthen the connectivity of the rail system which will form Inner Regional Orbital Rail Corridor (IRORC).
- Sonepat-Jhajjar line, new line.
- Jhajjar-Gurgaon line, new line.
- Gurgaon-Faridabad line, new line.
- Faridabad-Dadri line, new line.
- Dadri-Ghaziabad-Meerut line, existing line, also part of RRTS corridor.
- Meerut-Sonepat line via Baghpat, new line.
Other New Rail Line
The Sonepat-Jind line via Gohana is completed and trains are running on this rail track. The corridor-wise estimated passenger loading excluding freight traffic with implementation phasing of RORC, IRORC and new rail line is shown in Table
|New Rail Links||Length (KM)||Status|
|Panipat-Meerut line (IRORC)*||110 km (68 mi)|
|Meerut-Sonepat line via Baghpat (IRORC)||66 km (41 mi)|
|Meerut-Hastinapur line||45 km (28 mi)|
|Khurja-Noida line||65 km (40 mi)|
|Bulandshahr-Chola line||17 km (11 mi)|
The current proposed RRTS by Government will have travel time of Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Meerut in 1 hour and Delhi-Alwar in 2 hours. This will result in facilitating seamless travel of people between the CBD and suburbs in NCR. Recently all state governments have approved the alignments of the three Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors. These corridors will connect the capital with Panipat, Meerut and Alwar. These three alignments were recommended by the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB).
In its 36th meeting of the NCRPB held under the chairmanship of Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, the Board gave nod for implementation of three RRTS Corridors - Delhi-Alwar, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Meerut. Further, Minister Naidu said issues related to Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), a rail-based system, have been resolved and further work on these three corridors, namely, Delhi-Alwar, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Meerut could be started immediately. The minister also said that Managing Director of the NCRTC, Undertaking entrusted with the implementation of the RRTS, has been appointed and implementation of RRTS corridors will commence shortly. Indian Railway officer Shri. Vinay Kumar Singh has been appointed as the Managing Director of the Company, who assumed office in July, 2016.
Integrated Public Transport System
Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) across the world (USA, Europe, China, Japan, etc.) have become successful. For their best utilization and patronage, it is essential that they are tightly integrated with the other public transport by sharing the stations or having underground pedestrian passage which can connect different kinds of public transport systems, like Stockholm Central Station. Ease of use, speed of travel, one pass for all public transport and the information regarding the waiting time for the next service makes the public transport successful. Metro, Light Rail, Mono Rail, Airport link, Bus(Local and long distance), long distance Train, Bicycle Parking, Taxi and auto rickshaw all needs to be integrated to make the Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) the vehicle to integrate the NCR region. Integration and seamless transfer of passengers from other public transport to the Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) will determine the patronage of the Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS).
Transit-oriented Development (ToD)
Many property related transactions and activities are happening in and around Delhi, especially in NCR region. The RRTS corridor development offers potential for increase in land value. Further, New development and /or townships can come around transit nodes along the corridor.
Government and NCRTC, on the lines of DMRC, is expected to explore opportunity to monetize transit-oriented development opportunities to partly finance the project cost and also fund development of future corridors.
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