Delhi-NCR RRTS – Information, Route Maps, Fares, Tenders & Updates

Menu: News & Construction Updates | Overview | Delhi – Meerut RRTS Line | Delhi – Alwar RRTS Line | Delhi – Panipat RRTS Line


Delhi Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is semi-high speed rail system under construction by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation  (NCRTC) to connect Delhi with its distant suburbs via 8 lines, referred to as Smart Lines, with trains running at a max speed of 160 km/hr.

The objective of this system is to reduce dependence of commuters on road based transportation and enhance regional connectivity within the National Capital Region. Within Delhi, the RRTS system will largely run underground, connect to the Delhi Metro Rail system and provide locals with a faster alternative option to reach their destination (Eg. nonstop service between Sarai Kale Khan – Kashmere Gate on the Delhi – Panipat line).

Equivalent systems in the rest of the world include London’s Crossrail, Paris’ RER and Munich’s S-Bahn systems. The RRTS system’s Delhi – Meerut RRTS Line is being financed partly through an official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The project is currently in the construction stage, with work first beginning on the 82.15 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut RRTS Line. Out of this, the 17 km Sahibabad – Ghaziabad – Guldhar – Duhai section has been prioritized, and is expected to open in 2023. Bids for the construction of the Gurgaon section of the 164 km Delhi – SNB – Alwar RRTS Line were invited in November 2019 and the first contract was awarded in April 2020. As of July 2020, ground work is yet to begin.

Key Figures

Operational: 0 km | Under Construction: 51 km | Approved: 31.15 km | Proposed: 700 km (approx.)

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 (Alstom, Bombardier & CAF have submitted bids for supplying 210 coaches for the Delhi – Meerut line)
• 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)

RRTS Phase 1 Lines (349 kms)

A task force established by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has prioritized the construction of 3 routes as early bird lines:

Line-1: Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut (82.15 km) – View Detailed Info
• Type: Elevated & Underground
• Depot: Duhai EPE and Modipuram
• Stations (17): Nizamuddin/Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai (EPE), Muradnagar, Modinagar, Meerut South, Shatabdi Nagar, Nauchandi/Hapur Road, HRS Chowk, Begam Pul, Meerut North, Modipuram

Line-2: Delhi – Gurgaon – SNB – Alwar (199 km) – View Detailed Info
• Main-line: Delhi – SNB – Alwar (164 km) and Spur Line: SNB – Sotanala (35 km)
• Type: Elevated & Underground
• Depot: Dharuhera, Alwar
• Stations on Main-Line (18): Nizamuddin/Sarai Kale Khan, Jor Bagh (INA), Munirka, Aerocity, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon Sector 17, Rajiv Chowk, Kherki Daula, Manesar, Panchgaon, Bilaspur Chowk, Dharuhera Depot, MBIR, Rewari, Bawal, Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behrod (SNB), Khairthal, Alwar.
• Stations on Spur Line (4) : Shahjahanpur, Neemrana, Behror, Sotanala

Line-3: Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat (103 km)
• Type: Elevated & Underground
• Depots: Murthal & Panipat
• Stations (16): Sarai Kale Khan, Indraprastha, Kashmere Gate, Burari Crossing, Mukarba Chowk, Alipur, Kundli, KMP Interchange, RGEU, Murthal, Barhi, Gannaur, Samalkha, Panipat South, Panipat North, Panipat Depot

RRTS Future Phase 2 Lines

  • Delhi – Faridabad – Ballabhgarh – Palwal (60 km)
  • Ghaziabad – Bullandshahr – Khurja (83 km)
  • Delhi – Bahadurgarh – Rohtak  (70 km)
  • Ghaziabad – Hapur (57 km)
  • Delhi – Shahadra – Baghpat – Baraut (56 km)

RRTS Phase 1 – Route Map

RRTS Future Network (2035) Route Map

Project Overview Video

Project Status Update – July 2020

RRTS Fares (Ticket Prices)

Fare structure and rules have not been announced yet. NCRTC plans to use the latest technologies for its automatic fare collection (AFC) system to allow QR codes and phones enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC) to utilize the system.  Trains will also consist of 1 or more business class coaches which will have its own fare structure & rules, with lounge access at stations.

RRTS Tenders

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

RRTS Major Contractors

A list of major contractors for each line can viewed on that line’s dedicated page.

Contract Contractor
Consultant for Real Estate Feasibility Studies for Land Parcels along RRTS Corridors Knight Frank India Pvt. Ltd.
Preparation of Public Transport Travel Demand Model for RRSTS in Delhi NCR Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS)
RFP for engaging a financial consultant on retainer basis for planning and implementation support for the implementation of RRTS in Delhi NCR PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
Noise & Vibration Consultant CRRI

Click on ‘News & Construction Updates’ below for project news, progress and updates. Click on each line’s link to view more information specific to that line.

Menu: News & Construction Updates | Overview | Delhi – Meerut RRTS Line | Delhi – Alwar RRTS Line | Delhi – Panipat RRTS Line

Page last updated: August 3, 2020. Spot an issue? Let me know here.