The first look of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut regional rapid transit system (RRTS) has been unveiled on Friday by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in the national capital.
The 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will be the first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180 kmph. According to reports, the prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line after two years in 2022.
MoHUA Secretary said that the environment friendly, energy efficient trains will improve the quality of life in and around NCR by accelerating economic growth.
The project will also create economic opportunities by reducing air pollution, carbon footprint, congestion, and accidents.
Managing Director NCRTC, Vinay Kumar Singh, all the members of Board of Directors of NCRTC and other senior officials of MoHUA, NCRTC and Bombardier India were also present at the unveiling.
With radiating stainless steel outer body, these aerodynamic RRTS trains will be lightweight and fully air-conditioned. Each car will have six automatic plug-in type wide doors, three on each side (Business Class will have four such doors, two on each side) for ease of access and exit.
The RRTS trains will have transverse 2×2 seating with adequate legroom, optimized aisle width with grab handles and grab poles for a comfortable journey for standing passengers, overhead luggage rack, and mobile/laptop charging sockets and on board Wi-Fi among other commuter-centric features.
On the similar lines, RRTS rolling stock will have lighting and temperature control systems to enhance the passenger experience with less energy consumption. Equipped with modern amenities, the RRTS rolling stock will be a unique amalgamation of new-age technology and India’s rich heritage.
Vinay Kumar Singh at the event said, “The rolling stock of India’s first RRTS has been designed with a vision to fulfil the aspirations of the New India. RRTS rolling stock will be energy-efficient with about 30% regeneration during braking. NCRTC has awarded the rolling stock work with an integrated long term comprehensive maintenance by the manufacturer, thus leveraging the benefits of life cycle costing. I am confident that RRTS will prove to be transport backbone for the people of NCR and will define a new benchmark in the transport sector enabling the overall growth of the region”.