Delhi – Meerut RRTS: Trial Runs Extended to Meerut South Station

National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) today started trial runs (train testing) on the 12.1 km Modinagar South – Meerut South section of the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RapidX (RRTS) project.

This development comes just 3 weeks after they started trial runs on the 12.7 km Duhai – Modinagar South section, and a little more than 2 months after the inauguration of this semi high-speed rail line’s 17 km elevated Priority Corridor connecting Sahibabad – Ghaziabad – Guldhar – Duhai.

NCRTC’s team today manually operated one of their 40 Alstom trains, nicknamed Namo Bharat, at a low speed of 10 kmph from Duhai all the way to Meerut South Station, a distance of roughly 24.8 km.

Photo by Rohit Choudhary

As always, the sole objective of the first run was to check for Schedule of Dimensions (SOD) clearances and observe the train’s interaction with the civil structure to ensure there are no physical obstructions along the way.

Photo by Rohit Choudhary

The Duhai – Meerut South section was built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as part of 33 km Package 3. NCRTC had awarded them both Lot-1 and Lot-2’s construction contracts in March 2020 with a 910 day (2.5 year) deadline.

24.8 km Duhai – Meerut South section of Delhi – Meerut RRTS – view RRTS Route Map and Information

The line’s viaduct on this section runs along NH-34’s median with 1 notable crossing over the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), just south of Meerut South Station.

L&T’s Package 3 team – Rohit Choudhary
Track-work team – Photo by Aman Dhouliyan
Photo by NCRTC
Photo by NCRTC

With this development, NamoBharat trains have now reached the doorstep of Meerut city. All stations north of it from Partapur to Modipuram will be serviced by local 3-coach Meerut Metro trains.

Coming back to the Duhai – Meerut South section, all 4 stations (Muradnagar, Modinagar South, Modinagar North and Meerut South) on this 25 km section are in various stages of completion with station architectural finishing, PEB roof work and station entry/exit work underway.

There’s far too much station finishing, system installation, testing and certification work pending, but given how things work in India, there’s a great likelihood we’ll see this section opening up in the run up to the 2024 General Elections whether the stations are completely ready or not.

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11 Responses to "Delhi – Meerut RRTS: Trial Runs Extended to Meerut South Station"

  1. Kamal says:

    I heard this news today. Excellent. I don’t think they will be able to open before General election (as notification will be by 1st week of March). I am looking at it’s commercial operations by August 15th.

    Just a clarification, they has 40 Alstom trains? I thought it was 10 only.

    • TMRG says:

      They’ve ordered 40: 30 for RRTS (Delhi-Meerut) and 10 for MRTS (Meerut Metro)

      • Kamal says:

        Thanks for the info. But I don’t think, RRTS has recieved all the 40 trains. Correct me if I am wrong.

      • Vardaan Sharma says:

        Does that mean RRTS will not come to Modipuram. And we have to go to Meerut south station by Meerut metro to board RRTS.

        • Kartik says:

          RRTS will stop at a few stations in meerut after meerut south but not all of them.
          I don’t remember the list off the top of my head but you can check the info page on this website to find that out.
          RRTS will not stop at all stations but will bypass some of them (like fast locals in Mumbai which do not stop everywhere). So if the station closest to you is a statation where only meerut metro services stop then you will have to take the metro to a stop where rrts also stops.

          If your station is the one where both of them stop then you can board the rrts directly.

          I hope I was able to clear your confusion.

  2. Rishabh says:

    Good to see Gati se Pragati indeed, excited to ride on this corridor.

  3. Madan Pal says:

    Very good wishes to all N crts work teams for this project


  4. Lalit Arora says:

    Congratulations and lots of good wishes to the entire NCRTC team on this special day.


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