Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail: RRTS project will be completed three months ahead of time, ongoing testing phase

Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail: RRTS project will be completed three months ahead of time, ongoing testing phase
Ghaziabad: Testing of fast trains is underway on the 17 km long Duhai-Sahibabad priority section of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor. The project is being implemented by the NCR Transport Corporation (NCRTC). The NCRTC is expecting the corridor to be completed by the end of March, three months ahead of the project’s official deadline of June.

The 17 km long priority section of Ghaziabad, stretching from Sahibabad to Duhai, is part of the 82 km RRTS network. It is proposed to connect the three main cities of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut, it is being built at a cost of Rs 30,274 crore. Talking to associate newspaper Times of India on Thursday, the corporation’s chief public relations officer Puneet Vats said that six trainset have already reached the Duhai depot and trials are being carried out on this section.

Chief Public Relations Officer Puneet Vats said that six rapid rail train sets are stationed at Duhai depot and their testing is currently underway. Testing on the signaling system is at its peak. At present, the signaling system is being linked manually with all the rapid rail stations from Duhai to Sahibabad. In a few days, we will start working on the Integrated Automatic Signal Test. The Chief Public Relations Officer informed that all other works on the section are also in final stages, and we are confident that the commissioning will start in March itself.

Vats told that the first train of RRTS had reached Duhai depot in June 2022 from the manufacturing plant located in Savli, Gujarat. After which the assembly, the trainset went through static commissioning testing.

NCRTC is also expected to release the fare module by next week. According to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared seven years ago, the fare was estimated to be Rs 2 per km. But this is expected to increase further considering the increase in cost over the years. However, the officials of NCRTC are still tight-lipped on this. An official said the fare rate has been approved and will be announced by next week.

NCRTC is all set to introduce National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) for ticketing options. Vats said NCRTC is implementing a state-of-the-art Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system for RRTS. Vats said that the AFC system has been installed at RRTS depots at Duhai and Ghaziabad stations, where testing is underway.

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