Ghaziabad, India (Metro Rail Today): The National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) has today unveiled the mock-up of the first semi-high speed train coach at the under-construction Duhai RRTS depot.
The state-of-the-art RRTS rolling stock will be the first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180kmph. With stainless steel outer body, these aerodynamic trains will be lightweight and fully air-conditioned. This RRTS train will be deployed on the 82.15 km Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Corridor. NCRTC has set the target to open the first 17-km priority corridor of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor by December 2023.
Alstom will procure 30 semi high-speed 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 for Meerut MRTS.
Each RRTS 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 trains will have transverse 2x2 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 others computer-centric features.
"New Delhi’s iconic Lotus Temple is an epitome of sustainability as its design allows flow of natural sources of light and air circulation. On 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," stated NCRTC.
The environment-friendly, energy-efficient rapid transit 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.
“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," said Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC.
The 82.15 km Delhi-Meerut RRTS will connect Delhi's Sarai Kale Khan with UP's Meerut through 16 RRTS stations.