Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor at Sahibabad RapidX Station, Uttar Pradesh.
The RapidX train service, which will connect Sahibabad to the Duhai Depot, signifying the commencement of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in India.
Modi will also preside over a public programme in Sahibabad, where he will address the audience. Additionally, he will dedicate two stretches of the east-west corridor of Bengaluru Metro to the nation.
The 17-kilometer priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor will establish the connection between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot, with stations along the way at Ghaziabad, Guldhar, and Duhai. The foundation stone for this corridor was laid by the PM on March 8, 2019.
Officials have stated that the RRTS project aligns with the PM’s vision to enhance regional connectivity across the nation through the creation of world-class transport infrastructure.
The RRTS is a novel rail-based, semi-high-speed, high-frequency commuter transit system designed to operate at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour. This initiative aims to provide high-speed trains for intercity commuting at 15-minute intervals, with the potential to increase the frequency to every 5 minutes as needed.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), a total of eight RRTS corridors have been identified for development. Among them, three corridors, including the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar Corridor, and Delhi-Panipat Corridor, have been prioritised for Phase-I implementation. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS, with a budget exceeding Rs 30,000 crore, will connect Delhi to Meerut in under an hour, passing through urban centres like Ghaziabad, Muradnagar, and Modinagar.
This RRTS project represents a cutting-edge regional mobility solution, comparable to the best in the world. It promises a safe, reliable, and modern intercity commuting experience. The RRTS network aligns with PM GatiShakti’s National Master Plan, facilitating extensive multi-modal integration with railway stations, metro stations, and bus services.
These transformative regional mobility solutions are expected to stimulate economic activity in the region, enhance access to employment, education, and healthcare opportunities, and play a crucial role in reducing vehicular congestion and air pollution.