New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) conducted the maiden test run of the first RRTS trainset supplied by Alstom Transport India on its depot tracks at Duhai, Ghaziabad. The test was conducted on Saturday evening by running the train on self-power.
"NCRTC achieved an important milestone towards bringing in India’s first Regional Rail on time, yesterday, RRTS trainset did a maiden test run on its depot tracks. The trainset was fed by the recently charged NCRTC's 25 kV Traction system," said official tweeter handle of NCRTC.
"Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, MD, NCRTC, along with senior management team was onboard the train during this test run. Team NCRTC is gearing up to opening the Priority Section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor for the public, ahead of schedule," it added.
During this testing, the newly commissioned LTE communication network was also successfully demonstrated. Singh congratulated the directors and head of the departments for achieving this feat.
The first RRTS train-set had arrived at Duhai depot in June from Alstom's coach manufacturing unit in Savli in Gujarat.
It said NCRTC MD Vinay Kumar Singh along with senior management team was onboard the train during the test run.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is 82.15 km long and will have around 70 km elevated section and 12 km underground section.
The trial runs of the RRTS train will first be conducted on the 17-km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai and is likely to start by the end of this year. "The 17-km long priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai is targeted to be commissioned by 2023 and the full corridor by 2025," said NCRTC officials.
The priority section of the Delhi – Meerut RRTS corridor has five stations — Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot.
The first train set of the RRTS was handed over to the NCRTC by Alstom India as it rolled out of its manufacturing plant in Savli in Gujarat’s Vadodara district on May 7 this year.