The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on Friday unveiled the first look of RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) train, connecting Delhi-Meerut, via Ghaziabad. The RRTS train will cover 82 km long distance in an hour approximately. It will be first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180 kmph. However, the prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022.
The MoHUA Secretary said that trains will improve the quality of life in and around NCR as it is environment-friendly, energy-efficient. RRTS will also help in accelerating economic growth.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is executing the project under joint ownership between the Central and the State Governments. NCRTC will procure 30 train sets of 6 cars each for operating services on the entire corridor and 10 train sets of 3 cars each for operating local transit services in Meerut. Rolling stock for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be manufactured at Bombardier’s Savli plant
The project will be made with a budget of $3.94 billion in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that has invested $1 billion in the project.