Ghaziabad – Jewar Airport RRTS Route Finalized via Greater Noida

Uttar Pradesh’s state government earlier this month finalized a new RapidX regional rapid transit system (RRTS) line linking Ghaziabad – Jewar Airport via Greater Noida West, Surajpur and Pari Chowk, per Hindustan Times.

This 72 km new semi high-speed line with 12 elevated stations by National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) will have its northern terminal at the existing Ghaziabad RRTS Station which was built as part of the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RRTS line.

The line’s southern terminal will be built at Jewar International Airport, which is being developed by Flughafen Zürich AG and under construction by Tata Projects Ltd (TPL).

Details are a little sketchy, but Jewar Airport – Ghaziabad RRTS line is planned to be developed in 2 phases or stages:

  • Phase 1: Ghaziabad – Kasna with 7 new stations at Ghaziabad South, Greater Noida West Sector 4, Greater Noida West Sector 2, Knowledge Park V, Surajpur, Pari Chowk and Ecotech 6
  • Phase 2: Kasna – Jewar Airport with 4 new stations at Dankaur, YEIDA North Sector 18, YEIDA Central Sector 21 and Jewar Airport

Here’s my purely fictitious take on how its alignment may look like based on the stations announced.

Indicative route of Ghaziabad – Greater Noida – Jewar Airport RRTS line – view Delhi NCR RRTS Information and Route Map

Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authrority (YEIDA) has been keen on connecting Jewar Airport with Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan, the under construction transit hub where 3 RRTS lines from Meerut, Alwar and Panipat will meet. Per Times of India, YEIDA’s CEO didn’t appear too happy when NCRTC in October proposed connecting the airport with Ghaziabad instead.

With the route now finalized, I’ve created a basic information page for the project which I’ll be updating as the project progresses. Check it out here – Ghaziabad – Jewar RRTS – Information & Status

Next steps for NCRTC include preparing the line’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) which will give us a better idea of the line’s exact route, station locations, depot, ridership projections etc.

Jewar Airport in the future will also serve as a stop on the proposed 865 km Delhi – Varanasi Bullet Train project by India’s National High Speed Rail Corporation. Ghaziabad RRTS Station on the Meerut line was interestingly designed with 4 platforms and built roughly 3 times wider than the other stations with futuristic planning to easily accommodate another line without affecting existing operations.

Ghaziabad RRTS Station – Photo by NCRTC

To give you an idea of how wide it really is, check out this snap when construction was underway last year by KEC – CCECC JV over GT Road and the Delhi Metro’s Red Line:

Looking towards Ghaziabad Station where the yellow cranes are located (view large) – Photo by NCRTC

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28 Responses to "Ghaziabad – Jewar Airport RRTS Route Finalized via Greater Noida"

  1. Kamal says:

    While this RRTS route seems good to me, the YIEDA’s unwillingness is well understood. But I am worried about the execution of plan to connect Jewar airport. It is less than 1year for the airport to become operational, but there seems no clarity on how they will ensure metro connectivity. Numerous Plans, DPRs are going on since years but nothing concrete. It doesn’t seem the airport will have metro connectivity before 2030.

  2. Vivek Singh says:

    I believe this route makes a lot of sense for people planning to reach the Jewar Airport from Meerut side. For them to travel through Sarai Kale Khan will be too long.

    This doesn’t mean that another route can’t be built. Another line from Sarai Kale Khan towards the South East direction can be built. This line will connect the proposed line somewhere in Noida/Greater Noida and will share the tracks after that.

    This shouldn’t be too long either, just some 20 to 25 km.

    • TMRG says:

      Agreed! Would be nice if a trifecta like this materializes:

      Ghaziabad – Greater Noida – Dankaur – Jewar
      Gurgaon – Faridabad – Dankaur – Jewar
      Sarai Kale Khan – Faridabad – Dankaur – Jewar

      • Rahul says:

        I hope our administrators take note of such proposals. However, decision making and getting approvals is tedious when more than one state government is involved. Eg – pending phase 1 RRTS projects in NCR. Therefore it’s likely that Ghaziabad Jewar RRTS project will materialise before it reaches Alwar or Sonipat.

      • Aditya says:

        Yes these routes would make much more sense. But unfortunately I dont see them materialising as it would cost much more.
        Although that Gurgaon stretch can be extended to IGI directly (although it would concide with the Delhi Alwar RRTS line).
        The CEO disappointment is understandable. Delhi is more of a catchment area for air traffic than Ghaziabad. Even the most prominent part of Noida is not covered through this route.

    • Kamal says:

      A small spur from Sarai kale khan will definitely increase the ease of connectivity in NCR as a whole. But i think, it will get delayed because of Delhi Govt’s dragging of feet. We can all see the status of Alwar, Panipat RRTS, which has landed in supreme court. This may be one reason NCRTC wants to avoid dealing with Delhi govt (to avoid unnecessary delay of projects and thereby overrunning of costs).

      • Kartik says:

        Agreed, if I were in ncrtc’s shoes I would make such a decision.
        Getting a good project built now is better than waiting 10 years for a better project.

        Trains can always through run from Sarai kale khan- gaziabad- jewar

        If there isn’t a change of trains I don’t think this will be too big a problem.

        Plus as mentioned in above comments, a link from Sarai kale khan that meets this alignment somewhere and then share the tracks together to airport will not be too difficult.
        Another station like Ghaziabad can be bult on this route to allow this spur to easily connect.

        Then we can have multiple operation patterns

        Like trains from meerut straight to jewar,
        Trains from Panipat-Sarai kale khan- jewar airport.

        • Kamal says:

          Agree with your point. But it all depends what the authorities think and decide. Many times they are very short-sighted..

  3. Sachin says:

    When construction will be start via Tronica City for fns

  4. Sachin says:

    When construction will be start via Tronica City for fns road

  5. Shivansh says:

    What were the reasons for preferring Ghaziabad over Sarai Kale Khan? The travel from IGI to Jewar might become tedious if going by the existing finalised route.

  6. Priyesh says:

    How can I share this article with my peers on WhatsApp group?

  7. Akash Vashisth says:

    What I feel is, they should connect Pari Chowk with the Airport in the 1st phase. At least Metro connectivity will be established with the Aqua Line. Later on, the rest fo the connectivity can be done.

  8. Wasim says:

    What happened to Delhi Airport Express line extension plan.
    They were planning to extend it from New Delhi railway station till New Airport.

  9. Ankur says:

    If this project took shape on ground it will be gamechanger for projects like gaur yamuna city and others besides yamuna expressway, projects in greater noida arond pari chowk and alpha delta sectors and for all projects of noida extension,
    Through this connectivity between ghaziabad and greater noida will become proper

  10. AM says:

    I read comments, people are getting worried about the RRTS not being ready before the start of Jewar Airport operations.
    This is part of 2041 master plan. It is likely that a cab fare will be between 4K to 10K. “Saasti air-ticket, mahaangi taxi”

  11. S M says:

    I heard that there would be a connection from the New Boraki junction. But this new line doesn’t seem to cover that. So it was all a rumor then?

    • Bhaskar says:

      This is a RRTS line whereas the New Boraki is the parallel railway network connecting New Delhi and Eastern Railway (Howrah) which is already existing with the added terminus in New Boraki.

  12. Satya says:

    GDA and UP govt is an habit of planning and raising DPR and again changing the plan and asking the DPR several times. This has become a habit for them nowadays. Vaishali mohannagar and sec 62 to sahibabaad metro extension planned long back and DPR raised three times since 2018 due to change in plans neo-metro light metro etc., and still they are not decided. The reason is lack of funds. Let’s hope this project get finished fast. Without metro connectivity Jewar airport operations are not going to succeed. People will prefer IGI airport which is well connected

  13. Suresh Sharma says:

    About 2 lakh people living in Noida extension
    ( Noext. ) will b upset / sad by this new much longer connection to Gaziabad , instead of the

    earlier planned shorter / direct 20 km. link to Sarai Kale Khan/ Nizammudin Rly. Stn. Delhi ,

    via Noida ext. ( Noext. ) Gaur ( 4 Murti Chownk ) , Sector 51 – 52 , Botanical Garden / sector 37 NOIDA !!

    Isn’t that true ?

  14. Karan K says:

    Is it possible that the Ghaziabad station is a ‘junction’, and there can be direct trains from Sarai Kale Khan? Does the RRTS design allow that? Modern signalling systems should allow rapid, seamless track switches.


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