Delhi – Meerut RRTS Alstom Train’s 1st Body Shell Ready
Officials from National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) this week visited Alstom’s Savli & Maneja facilitates to inspect the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut (RRTS) project‘s prototype train’s first body shell.
Alstom began manufacturing coaches in mid-2021 after getting awarded a Rs. 2577 crore contract in May 2020 for this semi high-speed rail line’s rolling stock. The train-sets’ highly-impressive final design was unveiled in September 2020.
Per NCRTC’s press release:
At the plant, NCRTC team reviewed the entire gamut of the activities for manufacturing of 6-car prototype RRTS Train. All the 6 cars of the first trainset are in different stages of final assembly. He also visited the bogie manufacturing and shell erection facility of the factory. Factory officials explained about their preparation for testing of individual cars and complete trainset. Shri Singh expressed satisfaction on the progress as all the key activities are progressing as per the scheduled timelines.
The team also visited the Propulsion factory at Maneja, where traction/auxiliary converters/inverters were in the process of manufacturing and testing. During the visit, Shri Singh interacted with the diverse teams working at the plant and closely took note of the processes and systems being followed. He appreciated the committed efforts of the teams at the plant and the adherence to safety and quality protocols.
NCRTC first provided a glimpse of the body shell in its 2021 year-end video.
Alstom will supply NCRTC with a total of 210 standard gauge aerodynamic lightweight coaches – 180 for long distance travel and 30 for local Meerut Metro MRTS services with 15 years of maintenance. NCRTC has the option to procure an additional 90 coaches and two years of maintenance to go with it.
The system’s aerodynamic trains will have a stainless steel / aluminium body, with a design speed of 180 kmph, operational speed of 160 kmph and average speed of 100 kmph.
Alstom aims to begin supplying trains to NCRTC’s Duhai Depot this summer for starting operations on the 18 km Priority Section (Sahibabad – Ghaziabad – Guldhar – Duhai) by 2024.
Out of the 210 coaches being procured, 180 coaches (30 train-sets of 6 coaches) will be used for long-distance end-to-end services from Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan Station to Modipuram Station – view route map.
The rest 30 coaches will run as 10 trains in a configuration of 3 cars (see design) for servicing the Meerut Metro project with dedicated metro-only stations roughly every kilometer.
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Hi. do you know any reason why the other two RRTS corridor are not getting approved by Central Govt. ?
2 reasons: Delhi govt’s approval is pending + funding concerns. NCRTC is in talks with foreign lenders like World Bank for Alwar line
Think we’ll see movement prior to the 2024 elections.
Perhaps funding is not an issue, the likely issue is proposed G-Noida – NDLS – IGIA metro line which is part of larger G-Noida Airport – IGIA MRTS line. Alwar line involves massive tunneling all along from Sarai Kale Khan to Aerocity and this expensive part may be eliminated if G-Noida – IGIA line gets approval. Recall they altered Meerut metro plan too by approving common tracks to reduce cost.
RRTS will not get votes to kajjriwal. Delhi and NCR people will continue to suffer due to traffic problem and pollution problem.
Not true actually, there are multiple state govt. bodies involved. I feel success of the first RRTS will expedite other line, since this is an entirely new system. Also the other lines are a little more cost heavy, that’s why even govt. is not very eager to go ahead with them.
I am Excited .
Cant wait to ride In this RRTS .
Hey metro rail guy can you give me some information about Other RRTS Planned outside Delhi like Mumbai Pune RRTS and Ahmedabad Rajkot RRTS like something .
I will really excited for That RRTC
It’s a good project. However they need to standardize the rail gauge. I have heard that Alwar line will be broad gauge while Meerut is Standard Gauge.
I wouldn’t find a RRTS project with different gauges.
Same gauge. I’ve seen tunnel profile for each.