The Indian Railways has unveiled the first look of India’s first RRTS train. The state-of-the-art RRTS train will be the first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180 kmph. 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, mobile/laptop charging sockets and onboard Wi-Fi, among other commuter-centric features.
NCRTC Managing Director Vinay Kumar Singh said, “The 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. Production of RRTS will commence in 2022. The NCRTC will procure 30 train sets of 6 cars each for operating regional rail services on the entire corridor and 10 train sets of 3 cars each for operating local transit services in Meerut. The entire rolling stock for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be manufactured at Bombardier’s Savli plant in Gujarat.”
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is one of the three prioritised RRTS corridors being implemented in phase-1. The 82-km-long Delhi–Ghaziabad–Meerut corridor is the first RRTS corridor being implemented in India.
Travel time from Delhi to Meerut will be reduced to less than an hour from 3-4 hours by road. Civil construction work on about 50-km-long section between Sahibabad and Shatabdi Nagar, Meerut, is in full swing, including the construction of four stations — Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Guldhar and Duhai. This portion of the corridor is expected to be commissioned in 2023, while the entire corridor will be commissioned in 2025. The other two Phase-I RRTS corridors are Delhi-Gurugram-SNB and Delhi-Panipat.