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.
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.
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.
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.
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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