This news marks an excellent time for me to start tracking the 700 km Delhi-NCR’s Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project which has been in the works for over 10 years now. If you love the Delhi Metro for its size, then you’d definitely love this project which will be similar to Paris’ RER and Munich’s S-Bahn systems. For a quick summary & map of this exciting project which will disrupt existing transit patterns over the next 25 years, refer to this newly created page: Delhi-NCR Regional Rapid Transit System – Information, Map & Updates. It can also be quickly accessed via the cities tab > Delhi > RRTS Information in the menu bar above. 🙂
On Tuesday, the board of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which has been tasked with building NCR’s RRTS project, approved the 92.05 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut line at a cost of Rs. 21,902 crores.
As per the line’s Detailed Project, it will consist of 17 stations (11 elevated & 6 underground) and trains will run at a max speed of 160 kmph to drastically cut down the time between Delhi & Meerut to approximately 48 minutes. This line is expected to carry about 7.91 lakh passengers daily in 2024, 9.20 lakh in 2031 and 11.40 lakh passengers in 2041. The Peak Hour Peak Day Traffic (PHPDT) is estimated to be 18,224 in 2024, 22,215 in 2031 and 26,462 in 2041. Aerodynamic trains on the line will consist of 12 coaches with 2 + 2 transverse seating and will have one business class coach in each train.
Out of the route’s 92.05km length, 60.354 km will be elevated while 30.245km will be underground between Nizamuddin – Sahibabad (13.15 km), Meerut South – Meerut North (9.34 km) and on the spur line between Shatabadi Nagar – Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College (7.42 km). The 1.451 km connection to both depots at Duhai and Modipuarm will be built at-grade.
The line’s western terminal will be located in Nizamuddin and will be connnected to the Delhi Metro’s 58.6 km Pink Line, Nizamuddin Railway Station (NZM) and to the Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT).
Stations on this line will be spaced an average of 5.4 km apart and will be located at Nizamuddin/Sarai Kale Khan, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Mohannagar, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, Muradnagar, Modinagar, Meerut South, Shatabdi Nagar, Nauchandi/Hapur Road, HRS Chowk, Begam Pul, Meerut North and Modipuram.
With the NCRTC approving the line, the DPR will now be sent to the Delhi & Uttar Pradesh Governments for their cabinets’ approval. Since this project involves big bucks, this will be an extremely time consuming process and can take up to 2 years to receieve. Since the Government of India holds a 50% stake, the DPR will then have to be approved by its cabinet as well, so it’ll be quite a while before bids are invited for commencing civil construction.
For more updates, check out the NCR RRTS section of The Metro Rail Guy!