All 8 RRTS stations’ civil construction will be finished in Ghaziabad initially.
The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project is set to revolutionise transportation in the region by connecting the three cities of Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut through state-of-the-art RapidX trains. The project, overseen by the NCR Transport Corporation (NCRTC), will encompass a total of 25 stations, with Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut each having their own designated stations.
Ghaziabad has taken the lead in completing the civil construction work for all its stations falling under the 82-kilometre-long RRTS project. The remaining three stations in Ghaziabad are expected to be completed within the next 3–4 months. Notably, five stations in Ghaziabad, including Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot, have already been completed and form part of the 17-kilometre priority section, which will soon commence passenger operations.
Puneet Vats, the chief public relations officer of the NCRTC, informed that work on the remaining three stations in Ghaziabad, namely Muradnagar, Modinagar (North), and Modinagar (South), is well underway, and their civil construction is expected to conclude within the next 3–4 months. Progress on stations in Delhi, including the one at Anand Vihar, is also commendable.
One exciting feature of the RRTS project is the proposed station for passengers at the stabling yard in Jangpura, Delhi, which will benefit commuters using the Ring Road.
The RRTS project will utilise advanced RapidX trains to facilitate seamless travel between Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut. Additionally, Meerut will operate a local metro transit module as part of this extensive project.
The RapidX trains, a groundbreaking transportation project, have been making remarkable progress, offering hope for a better future for commuters in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India. The project has already started test runs on the 17-kilometre priority section in Ghaziabad since January, and in June, it received the much-awaited approval for operation from the commissioner for Metro Rail Safety, marking a significant milestone in its journey towards passenger operations.
The RapidX project, part of the ambitious Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), is set to transform the way people travel between Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut. The RRTS envisages a phased implementation plan to ensure smooth execution and maximum benefits for the millions of commuters who face daily congestion on the Delhi-Meerut Road.
The first phase of the RRTS project will focus on the priority section in Ghaziabad. Once operational, this section is expected to alleviate the burden of daily commuting for thousands of travellers. With state-of-the-art RapidX trains running on this track, passengers can look forward to faster, more comfortable, and more efficient journeys, thereby setting the tone for the future phases of the project.
The second phase of the RRTS will extend the line from Duhai in Ghaziabad to Meerut (South). This expansion will be a game-changer for the region, offering unprecedented connectivity between the two cities and further easing traffic congestion on the arterial Delhi-Meerut Road. As the project’s reach expands, the benefits will be far-reaching, unlocking new economic opportunities and encouraging sustainable urban development along the transit corridor.
Delhi, the bustling capital of India, is set to witness the subsequent phases of the RRTS project, which will bring modern transportation infrastructure to the city. With the implementation of RapidX trains and a comprehensive network of stations, Delhi will experience a revolutionary shift in its public transport system. The new connectivity will reduce travel time for passengers, making it more convenient to access different parts of the city and its suburbs.
The completion of the different phases of the RRTS project will not only enhance connectivity between these cities but also contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and promote eco-friendly travel options. The efficient RapidX trains are designed to run on clean energy, reducing the environmental impact and aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.
The scale of the RRTS project is enormous, with an estimated cost of Rs 30,274 crore. However, the long-term benefits of this investment are immeasurable. Once fully operational, the RRTS is anticipated to serve around 800,000 passengers daily, easing the burden on existing transportation systems and offering an attractive alternative to private vehicles.
The ambitious project is scheduled to commence passenger operations in March 2025. The priority section in Ghaziabad is expected to be completed by June 30, a significant step towards realizing the full potential of the RRTS.
In conclusion, the RRTS project, with its flagship RapidX trains, represents a game-changing initiative for the NCR of India. The progress made in the test runs and approvals indicates a bright future for commuters, who will soon benefit from a more efficient, convenient, and sustainable mode of travel. As the different phases of the project are completed and operationalized, the entire region can look forward to enhanced connectivity, reduced travel times, and a greener approach to transportation. The RRTS project is a testament to the government’s commitment to modernising infrastructure and fostering sustainable urban development, ultimately making the NCR a more livable and accessible region for its residents.