Vadodara, India (Metro Rail Today): Today, the first trainset of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project was handed over to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) at the Alstom's coach manufacturing factory located in Savli, Gujarat.
Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Chairman NCRTC began the process of trainset rollout with the click of a button in the presence of Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC, along with other dignitaries of NCRTC and Alstom, who flagged off the trainset. Subsequently, Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom, handed over the ceremonial keys of the first RRTS trainset to Vinay Kumar Singh, MD, NCRTC. With this roll-out, the delivery of the trainsets has started and the first trainset will soon arrive at Duhai RRTS Depot, Ghaziabad.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs, sent his best wishes and felicitations through a video message for this occasion.
In his message, Puri said, “It is a proud moment for all of us as this project is a true manifestation of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. RRTS is a harbinger of transformation in urban mobility. We will usher in a new era by boarding and travelling in this modern, technologically advanced regional rail as it will transform the landscape of regional transit as we know it. It is also going to create a plethora of opportunities, enabling balanced and sustainable growth of the region. This is just the beginning of India’s journey of Regional Rails with two more RRTS corridors planned in the 1st phase itself. Work on them will also be taken up shortly and once completed it will create a network of networks connecting all the major hubs of NCR. My compliments to NCRTC and Alstom team for their perseverance and dedicated efforts even during the pandemic to achieve this significant milestone of the project and congratulate them on this pivotal occasion”.
“To make the vision of New India come true, India’s first RRTS has been designed to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the National Capital Region. It will set a benchmark in the field of transportation. What makes this project even more special is that under the Make in India guidelines the design of these 30 RRTS ultra-modern Trains has been completed indigenously in Hyderabad and all of the trainsets are getting manufactured at Savli, Gujarat. With multi-modal integration at its core principle, RRTS is going to be a faster, comfortable, safe, reliable, punctual, and affordable mode of transit. I am happy to see this project coming up on schedule and congratulate the team of NCRTC”, said Manoj Joshi, Chairman, NCRTC.
Speaking on this occasion, Vinay Kumar Singh said, “It is an important milestone, as one by one we will now witness all our efforts and planning for this transformative project taking shape and becoming a reality on the ground. These state-of-the-art trainsets with modern commuter-centric amenities are yet another example of what we can achieve within the country with a strategic approach, hard work and dedication. Along with the bundled contract for supply & comprehensive maintenance of trainsets awarded to Alstom, we have now finalised the selection process of a private O&M Partner for a long-term operation and maintenance contract of the Delhi–Meerut RRTS corridor. The successful operation of these two contracts will bring a paradigm shift in the railway industry in the country. With the help of all the advanced technologies we are using and a team of committed, hard-working professionals who persisted day and night to make this project come true, we are in a position to complete this project on schedule and will begin the trial runs in a few months”.
Commenting on the delivery, Alain SPOHR, Managing Director, Alstom India said “We are proud to attain another key milestone in making India’s first semi high-speed regional commuter service a reality. The RRTS project is one of the most ambitious ventures in India’s mobility sector and will prove to be a game-changer in India’s regional rail segment. Our trains and ETCS Signalling systems will ensure safer and seamless intercity commute, benefitting millions of people and contributing towards socio-economic development. Delivering the first train within a year of commencing production reinstates Alstom’s commitment to revolutionize India’s rail networks. We are honoured to be the preferred partner in delivering ground-breaking sustainable technology solutions that cater to the transportation needs of India’s future.”
Alstom has been awarded the contract as per which they would be delivering 40 trainsets, including 10 three-car trainsets for Meerut Metro, bundled with rolling stock maintenance for 15 years. The contract also includes designing, supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning Signalling and Train Control, Supervision, Platform Screen Doors, and Telecommunication Systems for the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor. The delivery of these semi-high-speed aerodynamic trainsets has started with this rollout. NCRTC will begin trial runs on the Priority Section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor shortly.
The trainsets, with their sleek and modern design, will be lightweight equipped with a regenerative braking system and compatible with Automatic Train Protection (ATP), Automatic Train Control (ATC), and Automatic Train Operations (ATO). The regenerative braking system is an important feature of these trains, which generates electricity when the brakes are applied and the power goes back to the electric grid through the overhead traction of the train system.
The RRTS trains have ergonomically designed 2x2 transverse seating, wide standing space, luggage racks, CCTV cameras, laptop/mobile charging facility, dynamic route maps, auto control ambient lighting system, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) and other amenities. The air-conditioned RRTS trains will have Standard as well as Premium class (one coach per train) along with one coach reserved for women commuters.
RRTS is the first-of-its-kind system in which trains, with a design speed of 180 kmph, will be available every 5 – 10 minutes and cover the distance between Delhi and Meerut in 55 minutes.
NCRTC has taken the initiative of building a huge network of networks by seamlessly connecting the various public transit systems in NCR. With Multi-Modal-Integration, RRTS stations will have seamless integration with Metro stations, railway stations, and bus depots, wherever possible. Once operational, the first RRTS corridor is estimated to reduce ~2,50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in vehicular emissions per year. With an expected daily ridership of around 8 lakh passengers, RRTS will be the most energy-efficient futuristic transit system.
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