New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is planning to set up operation control centre (OCC) for all regional rapid transit system (RRTS) corridors at Jangpura (South Delhi). In the first phase, the RRTS corridors will connect national capital with other three regional nodes Meerut, Panipat and Alwar.
According to information shared by the NCRTC, Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will be developed as mega transit hub of the system, where all the three rapid rail corridors converge, but they have chosen Jangpura for some operational reasons. Sarai Kale Khan will be integrated with multi-model transport like Delhi Metro, Indian Railways and Inter-State Bust Terminal.
According to the NCRTC spokesperson Sudhir Sharma, the rapid rail services will start at early morning 6:00 AM and they need trains available near Sarai Kale Khan, but creating a depot will require huge money for acquisition of land. Due to this, the corporation is planning to develop stabling lines at Jangpura, where the government land is easily available.
Presently, the construction work for the 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is under way. According to the plan, first stretch (17 km) of Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor between Duhai and Sahibabad will be become operational in the year 2023. For monitoring of the initial train movements, a preliminary operations control centre (OCC) will be set up in the premises of Duhai depot. However, when the entire corridor is targeted to become operational by the year 2025, the main OCC will move to Jangpura (South Delhi).
This OCC will control and monitor trains on all the three corridors planned to be constructed under the phase I of RRTS project. The train maintenance depot for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be set up in Duhai and Modipuram but some of trains could be stabled at the Jangpura centre at night for the first morning services. According to information shared by the NCRTC, the corporation has chosen Jangpura not just for the stabling lines, but also as the main OCC for the all three RRTS corridors.
The main OCC at Jungpura will be equipped with the emergency equipment along with the emergency response teams. As the system needs a centralised operation control centre from where all the RRTS corridors could be monitored at one time, Jangpura location is found more appropriate for set of the OCC. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is implementing three prioritized RRTS corridors, Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar and Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat under phase I of RRTS project.