New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The delivery of the first trainset of India’s first RRTS started from Savli, Gujarat. The semi-high-speed aerodynamic RRTS trainsets were loaded on a trailer at the manufacturing factory of Alstom in Gujarat and will be brought to the Duhai Depot, Ghaziabad via road.
The first trainset of RRTS was handed over to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) earlier this month on 7th May 2022 at an event organized at the manufacturing unit in the presence of Shri Manoj Joshi, Secretary MoHUA and Chairman NCRTC along with Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, MD, NCRTC, and other dignitaries of NCRTC and Alstom.
The Duhai Depot, Ghaziabad is gearing up for its arrival. The tracks have been laid out, shades prepared for the workshop and preparations are being made for the testing of the train at the Depot. For the operation of the RRTS trains, an administrative building has also been constructed in the Depot.
For the testing and the maintenance of the RRTS trains, 11 stabling lines, 2 workshop lines, 3 Internal-Bay Lines (IBL) and one Heavy Internal Cleaning (HEC) line are being constructed. The construction of one workshop and one IBL line is in the final stage, while the construction of the rest of the lines has been completed.
Alstom has been awarded the contract of manufacturing the RRTS trains under Make In India, 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 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.
NCRTC is planning to commence trial runs on the Priority Section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor by the end of this year.