The first train of the high-speed rail network will arrive this week

Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut regional rapid transit system corridor trial scheduled for end of 2022, official says

Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut regional rapid transit system corridor trial scheduled for end of 2022, official says

A 55-minute journey between the capital and Meerut will soon become a reality with the first high-speed train of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) due to arrive this week.

“The first train will be delivered this week. Work is progressing rapidly in the corridor. At this rate, we will be able to guarantee that the trial will take place in the last quarter of 2022,” said Puneet Vats, Director of Public Relations, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).

The NCRTC is a joint venture between the Center and the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh for the development of the 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor, of which 70 km is elevated and 12 km underground.

Fourteen km of the corridor are in Delhi, including 9.22 km above ground and 4.28 km underground. Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar stations are elevated, while Anand Vihar is the only underground station.

According to the NCRTC, Sarai Kale Khan station, the largest in the corridor, is nearing completion with 33 of its 39 piers under construction. Consisting of six four-track platforms, the station will provide connectivity to Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-SNB-Alwar corridors which are part of Phase I of the project. Passengers will be able to travel between stations in different corridors without changing trains.

Measuring 215 meters long, 50 meters wide and 15 meters high, the station will have 14 elevators, 18 escalators and six entry and exit gates. An entrance will be built close to ISBT, Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station and Ring Road.

According to the NCRTC, the station will also house an executive lounge for passengers traveling in premium coaches. A green public square with trees and plants will be built under the station box.

Multimodal connectivity

Sarai Kale Khan Railway Station will serve as an example of multimodal integration as it will be connected to hubs of other public transport modes such as bus stops, train stations and metro stations.

According to the NCRTC, construction of the jetty is complete on 44 km of the corridor. About 1,700 of the 2,800 piers in the raised section were built.

Stations in the 17 km priority section of the corridor include Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai and Duhai Depot. The construction of the platforms of these stations has started and the civil works of the section are nearing completion. With testing of the section due to begin by the end of the year, it should be open to the public next year.

As part of the project, the NCRTC is also constructing a 1.35 km bridge over the Yamuna that will parallel the DND flyover. It will link Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar stations. A stable yard is being built in Jungpura, where a station will be built.

Jose P. Rogers