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Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor: PM Modi inaugurates India's first RapidX train says historic moment for country

Passenger services on the priority section of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) will commence from October 21 onwards. Initially, the rapid train service will be available at five stations in Uttar Pradesh.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: October 20, 2023 13:40 IST
The priority section of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor will
Image Source : @OFFICIALNCRTC The priority section of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor will be put to passengers' service from October 21 onwards.

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the priority section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor at Sahibabad RapidX Station in Uttar Pradesh, terming it a historic moment for the entire country.

Addressing a gathering on the occassion, PM Modi said, "When this Meerut stretch completes after a year or a year and a half, I will be there at your service."

"Four years back, I laid the foundation stone of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Corridor project. Today, the services of Namo Bharat have started on the stretch from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot. I had said earlier too and I say it today as well - Jiska shilanyaas hum karte hain, uska udghatan bhi hum hi karte hain."

"On this new train (Namo Bharat), from driver to the entire crew - they are all women. This is the symbol of growing women empowerment in India," PM Modi said.

"I had the opportunity to experience travel on this ultra-modern train (Namo Bharat). I spent my childhood on the railway platform and today this new form of the railways is filling me with joy. This experience is delightful. We have the tradition of performing auspicious works during Navratri. India's first Namo Bharat train has received the blessings of Maa Katyayani today," the Prime Minister added.

"Namo Bharat train has modernity, rapidity and amazing speed. This Namo Bharat train is defining the new journey and new resolves of New India," he said.

"You will see the entire railway (sector) transformed in the next 10 years, and I am not fond of having small dreams and moving slow. I want to give this guarantee to the youth that by the end of this decade, you will not find India's trains inferior from any other country in the world," said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister also interacted with school children and crew of RapidX train - 'NaMo Bharat' - connecting Sahibabad to Duhai Depot, onboard the train.

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor

  • The 17 Km priority section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor that will be inaugurated, will connect Sahibabad to ‘Duhai Depot’ with stations at Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Duhai on the way. The foundation stone for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor was laid by the Prime Minister on 8th March 2019.
  • In line with the Prime Minister’s vision to transform regional connectivity in the country through construction of new world class transport infrastructure, the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project is being developed.
  • RRTS is a new rail-based, semi-high-speed, high-frequency commuter transit system. With a design speed of 180 Kmph, RRTS is a transformational, regional development initiative, which is designed to provide high-speed trains for intercity commuting every 15 minutes, which can go up to a frequency of every 5 minutes as per requirement.
  • A total of eight RRTS corridors have been identified to be to be developed in NCR, out of which three corridors have been prioritised to be implemented in Phase-I including Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Corridor; Delhi – Gurugram – SNB – Alwar Corridor; and Delhi – Panipat Corridor.
  • The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS being developed at a cost of more than Rs 30,000 crore, and will connect Delhi to Meerut in less than an hour of travel time going through the urban centres of Ghaziabad, Muradnagar, and Modinagar.
  • RRTS being developed in the country, is a state-of-the-art regional mobility solution, and is comparable to the best in the world. It will provide safe, reliable and modern intercity commuting solutions in the country. In line with PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, the RRTS network will have extensive multi-modal-integration with Railway stations, Metro stations, Bus services etc.
  • Such transformative regional mobility solutions will boost economic activity in the region; provide  improved access to employment, education & healthcare opportunities; and help in significant reduction of vehicular congestion & air pollution.

PM Modi to dedicate two stretches of east west corridor of Bengaluru Metro

The Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation two stretches of east west corridor of Bengaluru Metro today.

The two metro stretches will connect Baiyappanahalli to Krishnarajapura and Kengeri to Challaghatta. These two metro stretches were opened for public service from 9th October 2023 to provide convenience to the public commuting on this corridor, without waiting for formal inauguration.

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