First RRTS train handover tomorrow

The first trainset of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System corridor is going to be handed over to National Capital Region Transport Corporation on Saturday at Savli in Gujarat, where the trains are being manufactured.

“A ceremony of handing over the manufactured trainsets to NCRTC is being organised at the manufacturing plant of Alstom (earlier Bombardier) on Saturday. After that, the trainsets will be brought on large trailers to Duhai depot being developed at Ghaziabad for the Delhi–Ghaziabad–Meerut corridor. All facilities of operation and maintenance of these trainsets are nearing completion at this depot,” said a NCRTC spokesperson.

The RRTS trains would be the fastest trains in India with a design speed of 180 kmph, an operational speed of 160 kmph and an average speed of 100 kmph. “The airconditioned trains will have standard as well as one premium class coach per train, along with one coach reserved for women commuters,” the spokesperson said.

The trains would have ergonomically designed 2x2 transverse cushioned seating, wide standing space,luggage racks, CCTV cameras, laptop and mobile charging facility, dynamic route maps, auto control ambient lighting system, heating ventilation and airconditioning system, among other amenities.

“All these state-of-the-art trains are being manufactured in the country under the Make in India initiative. The manufacturing facility at Savli will be delivering 210 cars for the first RRTS corridor.

This includes trainsets for operating regional transit services on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor and for local transit services in Meerut,” said the official.

Construction work on the RRTS corridor is going in full swing. After the arrival of the trains, initial trial runs are expected to commence on the 17km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai by the end of the year. The priority section would be commissioned by 2023 and the full corridor by 2025.

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