The first regional train service in India, called RapidX, will launch over a 17-kilometer track on October 20. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) line will be officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ghaziabad. By 2025, the 82-kilometer-long route will be fully operational.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, will go to Ghaziabad the day before the inauguration to check over the RapidX station. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) will provide CM Adityanath with an overview of RapidX operations on the day of the inspection.
In March 2019, PM Modi laid the RRTS project’s foundation stone. Five stations will be operating as part of the first phase: Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot, according to various sources. The 17-kilometer section will cut the 20-kilometer segment’s current travel time of 35 minutes to 12 minutes.
Key Details About Delhi-Meerut RRTS
The RapidX trains will resemble metro trains in appearance, but they come with amenities like baggage racks, mini-screens, Wi-Fi, and onboard charging stations for mobile devices and laptops.
The high-speed train would travel the 82-kilometer route from Delhi to Meerut in an hour once it is fully operational. The RRTS provides high-speed, frequent, secure, cozy, and environmentally friendly public transportation.
Specially-abled passengers will have complete access to all stops and trains. A business class with broader seats, more legroom, coat hangers, and a women’s coach will be available on every train. Airports, railroads, the Metro, and ISBTs will all be smoothly linked with RRTS stations.
The first of the three prioritized routes slated for Phase 1 execution is the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS line. Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar are the other two corridors. According to sources, the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS project cost Rs 30,274 crore to build.
The RapidX train system is India’s fastest urban transport system since it is planned to operate at a speed of 180 km/h. The 407 seats in each RRTS train will be placed in a 2X2 configuration.