Delhi – Meerut RRTS – Information, Route Map, Fares, Tenders & Updates

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Delhi – Meerut RRTS (RapidX) is an 82.15 km partly operational and under-construction semi-high speed rail line with 22 stations connecting Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut through a series of tunnels and elevated viaducts as part of Delhi’s Regional Rapid Transit System.

Delhi Meerut RRTS (RapidX) project’s Priority Corridor was inaugurated on October 20, 2023. It opened to passengers and started commercial operations on October 21, 2023. This 17 km section connects Sahibabad – Duhai via 4 elevated stations.

The line will be operated and maintained (O&M) by DB RRTS Operations India Pvt Ltd. for a period of 12 years through a Rs. 1493.08 crore contract awarded in May 2022.

The line is one of the three early bird (Phase 1) lines to be developed by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) where trains will run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hr to cover the entire distance in 1 hour.

Within Meerut city, DB Bahn will run Meerut Metro services on the RRTS’ infrastructure. This will be done by taking some value engineering initiatives and by building 8 dedicated metro-only stations.

Delhi Meerut RRTS line’s DPR (Detailed Project Report) for construction was approved by the Uttar Pradesh State government in May 2017 and received the Government of India’s approval in February 2019. India’s Prime Minister laid its foundation stone in March 2019.

During construction, a total of 7 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were deployed – 4 TBMs by STEC and 3 TBMs by Afcons Infrastructure.

Key Figures

Operational: 34.1 km | Under Construction: 48.05 km

  • NCRTC’s RRTS Deadline: March 2023 (Priority Corridor) and June 2025 (entire line)
  • Estimated Project Cost: Rs. 30,274 crore
  • Estimated Daily Ridership: 8 lakh passengers/day (2024)
  • Funding Sources:
    – ADB: USD 1,049 million (26.58%) – info
    – AIIB: USD 500 million (12.66%) – info
    – NDB: USD 500 million (12.66%) – info
    – JFPR: USD 3 million (0.07%)
    – Govts. of India, Delhi & UP: 1,897.7 million (48.05%)

System Specifications

  • Design Speed: 180 kmph
  • Operational Speed: 160 kmph
  • Average Speed: 100 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Standard Gauge- 1435 mm
  • Rolling Stock: Aerodynamic, 3.2 m wide x 22 m long, stainless steel aluminium body
  • Signalling: European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 of ERTMS
  • Traction: 1 x 25 KV AC overhead catenary (OHE)
  • Seating Arrangement: Transverse
  • Classes: Economy and Business (1 coach per train)

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Route Information

  • Length: 82.15 km
  • Type: Elevated & Underground
  • Depots: Duhai Depot, Modipuram Depot & Stabling Lines at Jangpura
  • Number of Stations: 22
  • Stations Names: Nizamuddin / Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai (EPE), Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar South, Modi Nagar North, Meerut South, Partapur, Rithani, Shatabdi Nagar, Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali, Begum Pul, MES Colony, Daurli, Meerut North and Modipuram
  • Stations with MRTS metro-only services (8): Partapur, Rithani, Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali, MES Colony, Daurli and Meerut North

Status Update

Delhi Meerut RRTS (RapidX) project’s Priority Corridor (Sahibabad – Duhai) with 4 stations was inaugurated on October 20, 2023. It was opened to passengers for commercial operations on October 21, 2023.

In March 2024, a further 17.1 km of route between Duhai – Muradnagar – Modinagar South – Modinagar North was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Route Map

The line’s stations and alignment (in red) displayed below are indicative. Its alignment will mostly follow National Highway NH-34. Official line color has not been announced.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Fares (Ticket Prices)

Here’s the fare chart (ticket prices) for standard and premium classes:

Source: NCRTC’s press release

This system allows allow QR Code based ticketing (digital QR & paper QR) and EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) open loop contactless card ticketing based on NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) standards via a contactless bank card, phone or smartcard.

Riders will have the option to use QR code tickets which can be bought at each station’s ticket vending machines, ticketing booth or generated digitally on NCRTC’s mobile app or website.

Trains consist of 1 premium class coach with their own fare structure & rules, with lounge access at the platform-level of certain stations. Premium Class riders have to validate twice – once at the concourse level and the second on the platform level for access to the executive lounge for boarding the Alstom trains’ Premium Class coach.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Tenders

Latest notices inviting tenders can be viewed on NCRTC’s website. News on these notices, their bidders and contracts are covered in further detail here on news & construction page.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Contractors

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Interim Expert ConsultantDelhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
Delhi – Meerut RRTS Interim Detailed Design Consultant (DDC)Egis Rail, SA – Ingenieriay Economica del Transport SA (INECO) – Egis India Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd. JV
Operations & Maintenance (O&M) of Delhi – Meerut RRTSDB Engineering and Consulting GmbH
General Consultant (GC) of Delhi – Meerut RRTSAyesa lngenieria Y Arquitectura S.A.U. – ITALFERR S.p.A. – Ayesa India Private Ltd JV (AIAI JV)
Detailed Design Consultant for Track System / StructureKorea Railroad Technical Corporation & Primerail Infralabs Pvt Ltd.
Ballastless Track Structure System Provider to support Design and InstallationPORR Bau GmbH
Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for 4 stations (Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldha, Duhai) and elevated viaduct from Sahibabad Ramp to EPE Crossing and depots at Duhai and ModipramAyesa India Pvt. Ltd.
Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for 5 elevated RRTS stations (Murad Nagar and Modinagar [south], Modi Nagar [north], Meerut South, Shatabdi Nagar) and 2 MRTS stations (Partapur and Rithani) and elevated viaduct from EPE Crossing to Shatabdi NagarSYSTRA – Systra MVA Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd. JV
Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for 1 RRTS station (Modipuram) and 4 MRTS stations (Brahmpuri, MES Colony, Daurli, Meerut North) and approx 9.76 km viaduct after Shatabdi Nagar to
Modipuram Depot
SYSTRA – Systra MVA Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd. JV
Detailed Design Consultant for Sarai Kale Khan & New Ashok Nagar Stations, 11km section from SKK to KhichripurTandon Consultants Pvt. Ltd – Fountainhead JV
Independent Safety Assessment (ISA)Certifer SA
Geotechnical Investigation: Shatabdi Nagar, Meerut to Modipuram DepotG Soil & Rock Probe Engineers
Geotechnical Investigation: Sarai Kale Khan to GhaziabadCengrs Geotechnica Pvt. Ltd.
Drone Based Mapping and Implementation of Web based Geographical Information System (GIS)GIS Consortium India Pvt. Ltd.
Initial Pile Load Test: Sarai Kale Khan to Anand Vihar and depot line from Sarai Kale KhanContinental Piling (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Initial Pile Load Test: Vaishali to Duhai (EPE)Continental Piling (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Initial Pile Load Test: Duhai (EPE) to Shatabdi NagarPinnacle Piling (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Initial Pile Load Test: Shatabdi Nagar – ModipuramContinental Piling (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Package 1: Sahibabad Ramp – Ghaziabad Station (elevated, 2 stations)KEC-CCECC JV
Package 2: Ghaziabad Station – Duhai EPE crossing (elevated, 2 stations)APCO Infra – CRFG JV
Package 3 Lot-1: Duhai (EPE) – Modi Nagar North (elevated, 2 stations)Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
Package 3 Lot-2: Modi Nagar North – Shatabdi Nagar (elevated, 5 stations)Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
Package 4: New Ashok Nagar Ramp – Anand Vihar – Sahibabad Ramp (underground, 1 station)STEC (Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co)
Package 5A: Duhai Depot & WorkshopVNC – KEC JV
Package 5B: Modipuram Depot & WorkshopKSM Bashir Mohammad & Sons
Package 6: Sarai Kale Khan – New Ashok Nagar (elevated, 2 stations)Afcons Infrastructure
Package 7: Shatabdi Nagar – Brahampuri DN Ramp AND Begumpul Ramp – Modipuram (elevated, 5 stations)Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
Package 8: Brahampuri DN Ramp to Begumpul UP Ramp (underground, 3 stations)Afcons Infrastructure
Package 9A: Multistoried Staff Quarters & ConnectivitySam India Builtwell is Lowest Bidder
Package 9B: Construction of Jangpura stabling yard, Operation control center (OCC) and associated buildingsNotice Inviting Bids Pending
Package 10: Architectural finishing work for 7 stations (Sahibabad – Shatabdi Nagar)Canon Fasteners (6 firms had bid)
Package 11 Lot-1: Architectural finishing for elevated stations & E&M systemsMetcon India Reality and Infrastructure – C.P. Associates JV
Package 11 Lot-2: Architectural finishing for elevated stations & E&M systemsURC Constructions
Package 12A: Pre–Engineered (PEB) Steel Roof Structure for 4 stations (Sahibabad – Duhai)Sam India Builtwell
Package 12B: Pre–Engineered (PEB) Steel Roof Structure for 12 stations in 2 lotsURC Constructions (3 firms had bid
Package 13: 22,000 MT of Head Hardened RailsArcelorMittal España
Package 14: Track fastening system for ballastless trackSchwihag
Package 15: Standard Gauge 60 Kg UIC Turnouts and Scissors Cross overVoestalpine VAE VKN India Pvt. Ltd.
Package 16: Rails for Duhai & Modipuram depots and Jangpura Stabling Yard
• Lot-1: 2000 MT of UIC 60/60E-1/60 KG 1080 Grade Head Hardened Rails
• Lot-2: 4000 MT of 60 KG 880 Grade Rail Class-A
Financial bids opened Dec 18 2020, winner unknown
Package 17: Track-workLarsen & Toubro
Package 18: Rail Grinding MachineTender Cancelled
Package 19: Electrification (receiving substations (RSS) and traction overhead equipment (OHE))IRCON International
Package 21: EscalatorsSchindler India Private Ltd. – Schindler (China) Elevator Company Ltd. JV
Package 22: ElevatorsOtis Elevator Company (India) Ltd. – Otis Elevator (China) Company Ltd. JV
Package 23: Tunnel Ventilation System (TVS), Environmental Control System (ECS)STRABAG International
Package 24: Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Signalling and Train Control and Telecommunication SystemsAlstom Transport India
Package 25: Design, manufacture, supply, testing & commissioning of 210 standard gauge coachesBombardier Transportation (view train design)
Package 26A: Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) System – Systems IntegratorDatamatics Global Services – AEP Ticketing solutions (DM-AEP-26A JV) 
Package 26B: Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) System – Financial InstitutionPaytm Payments Bank Ltd.
Package 27: Platform Screen Doors (PSD) SystemNCRTC – BEL signed MOU
Package M2: Catenary Maintenance Vehicle And Engineering Maintenance VehiclePTL – Royal JV
Package M5: Fully Automatic CNC under Floor wheel Lathe MachineHYT Engineering Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Package M7:  Construction of Emergency Evacuation System including connecting Foot Over Bridge from track level to road level at various locationsQuality Buildcon Pvt. Ltd.

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