Ghaziabad – Jewar RRTS: Cengrs Begins Geotechnical Work for DPR

Cengrs Geotechnica this week started geotechnical soil investigation work for Ghaziabad – Jewar Airport RRTS (RapidX) line which will run through Greater Noida West, Surajpur and Pari Chowk.

This exciting development comes just a month after Uttar Pradesh’s state government finalized this roughly 72 km new regional rapid transit system (RRTS) line’s route in December 2023 with 12 elevated stations. National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) then started the process to create the line’s Detailed Project Report (DPR).

Geotechnical rig south of Ghaziabad RRTS Station

Cengrs was awarded the line’s geotechnical investigation contract on January 1, 2024 for an undisclosed amount. Their scope of work includes 75 boreholes at depths ranging from 20 to 60 meters along the line’s route.

The data captured through this activity will serve two purposes – (1) help determine the line’s optimal alignment from an ease of construction perspective, and (2) later be included within the civil construction tender documents to help infrastructure companies make more informed financial bids and use appropriate machinery, methods & technology during construction.

NCRTC’s Brief Scope: Geotechnical Investigation works in connection with the preparation of DPR for RRTS connectivity from Ghaziabad to Noida International Airport, Jewar, Uttar Pradesh.

This 72 km new semi high-speed line with 12 elevated stations 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).

As shared last month, 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

A first draft of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) is expected to be completed by April 2024. That will give us a better idea of the line’s exact route, station locations, depot, ridership projections etc. It will then go through the motions of inspection & feedback from stakeholders, revision, finalization and approvals.

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11 Responses to "Ghaziabad – Jewar RRTS: Cengrs Begins Geotechnical Work for DPR"

  1. Kamal says:

    Wow, that was super quick!

  2. James says:

    Hey, in your opinion when do you think the Delhi – Gurugram RapidX will start construction? Last I heard everyone was waiting for the Delhi government to release funds for it, not sure where it is now

    • TMRG says:

      Hi, we’re a good 1.5 years away from seeing construction start. NCRTC is currently reworking its alignment through Gurgaon.

      It’s convenient for everyone to blame the Delhi government and sometimes rightly so, but I don’t see the Haryana government being proactive or delivering any mass transport projects on their side. Civil work for Delhi-Meerut’s Priority Corridor (packages 1 & 2 in Ghaziabad district) were funded entirely by the UP government. I’d like to see Haryana do the same, but the government is nowhere to be seen. Approving a project is one thing, allocating funding in the budget is another.

      • Kamal says:

        Haryana has always reaped the benefits of it’s geographical closeness to the Delhi. I have not seen any major project (expressway/metro/RRTS/airport etc) undertaken by Haryana Govt alone. I have also not seen it to be proactive for any such projects. It benefits from decisions and funding from Central Govt. Another similar state is Punjab. But I appreciate the UP govt for being more proactive and doing big ticket projects on their own.

        Just a clarification, Do you have a Youtube Channel ? Just came across one with same name, was not sure if it was you or some imposter.

        • TMRG says:

          Naah, not me. I don’t have time or video editing skills to run a channel. I’m also not based in India, so there’s a geographical limitation in filming 🙂

          Plenty of people out there like to imitate or straight up copy my content. Always interesting whenever I come across external pages with specific points of detail or paragraphs that I had written for my own site.

        • Sumit Malik says:

          I’m from Haryana – my personal opinion is that Governments in Haryana avoid getting into directly people-facing business endeavours, while promoting industry-facing endeavours (where money has a better IRR). A corollary on this is that Govt of Haryana avoids getting into passenger-facing mass transit systems on its own.

          For example, In matters of railways, Government of Haryana is funding up HORC, various rail bypasses (Rohtak/Kurukshetra), new lines (Rohtak-Rewari, Rohtak-Hansi, Sonepat-Jind) etc, but only those items with a heavy industry focus, and better profitability. Passenger railways (Or even passenger bus services), is not a priority. My personal thinking is that as a small state, its govt can ill-afford projects which may later turn out to be financially unviable (Noida Metro/Gurgaon Metro are examples).

          Govt of Punjab’s financial situation is precarious- it doesn’t surprise me much per-se that they’re not investing in big-ticket items

    • Sarthak says:

      GR Infraprojects already awarded tender for Gurgaon RRTS. Not sure of actual construction, though.

  3. Chetan says:

    Hi TMRG,

    What are your thoughts about this line opening projections assuming the pace at ncrtc worked on meerut line and good part is this whole line falls in UP and is funded by UP govt. So land acquisition wont be a big issue. Also 2027 march are elections in UP legislative assembly. Can it be possible we see the partial opening of this line by then given we are in jan 2024 currently?

    • TMRG says:

      Hi, it’s still early days for this line. UP government will definitely seek an external loan for 60 percent of the cost. Start of construction is optimistically 1 year away and realistically 2 years. So any sort of opening prior to March 2027 won’t be possible.

  4. Anurag Mishra says:

    Hi TMRG. Do you think the line should be built between IGI and Jewar?


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