New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Vinay Kumar Singh, MD, NCRTC, today, unveiled the modern and commuter- centric interiors of India’s first Regional Rail at its Duhai Depot, Ghaziabad.
On this occasion, Singh said, “we have always prioritized commuter convenience since the inception of the country’s first RRTS project. Our teams have studied the commuter needs for regional travel and worked on providing several customized amenities which will go a long way in providing a reliable mode of travel. The entire infrastructure, be it trains or stations, have been designed to ensure safety, ease of access, and travel comfort for commuters. RRTS will be the first choice of people for safe and efficient regional commute.”
The modern RRTS trains will 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.
Under the Make in India guidelines, 100% trainsets for RRTS are being manufactured in India. These world-class trainsets are being manufactured at an Alstom (earlier Bombardier) factory located in Savli, Gujarat.
The delivery of these semi high-speed aerodynamic trainsets, with distributed power, will start soon in the coming months. The manufacturing facility at Savli will be delivering a total of 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.
This year, NCRTC will begin trial runs on the Priority Section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
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 with 14 stoppages.
NCRTC has taken the initiative of building a huge network-of-networks by seamlessly connecting the various public transit systems in NCR.
RRTS stations will have seamless integration with Metro stations, railway stations, bus depots, wherever possible. RRTS will bring people and places closer across the National Capital Region and further enable sustainable and balanced development of the region.
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is estimated to reduce ~2,50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. RRTS will prove to be the most energy-efficient futuristic transit system which will bring in a new era of seamlessly connected mega regions and set a new benchmark for similar projects in the future.
The work on the entire 82-km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is in full swing, which will have 25 stations in total, including 2 Depots at Duhai & Modipuram and 1 Stabling yard at Jungpura. Recently, the 22nd Launching Gantry was installed on the corridor and more than 14,000 workers and more than 1100 engineers are engaged in the construction work, day and night.
NCRTC has completed about 80% of the foundation work of the elevated section. More than 1400 piers on 40 km stretch and 18 km of viaduct have been constructed so far, most of which is in the Priority Section.
The 17 km Priority Section, between Sahibabad to Duhai, is targeted to be commissioned by 2023 and the full corridor by 2025. The civil work on the Priority Section, having a total of 5 stations, is nearing completion. Track laying activities along with Overhead Electrical Equipment’s (OHE) installation are going on the elevated viaduct. All the 5 RRTS stations in the Priority Section i.e., Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot have started taking shape.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor RRTS corridor is expected to have a daily ridership of around 8 lakh passengers.
Other commuter centric features of the country’s first RRTS trainsets
Aerodynamic profile with long nose and plug-in-doors to reduce air drag at higher speeds.
Fully air-conditioned cars with wide gangways for maximized space for commuters for entry and exit.
Large window glasses with tint will give panoramic views of the outside.
Ergonomically designed 2X2 transverse seating, cushioned seats with overhead luggage racks.
One Premium Class car in every train to give a new level of comfort, convenience, and user-friendliness. Will have wider seats with more legroom, coat hangers. Equipped with vending machine facility.
One car reserved for women.
Energy efficient, auto control ambient lighting system.
CCTV monitoring, Modern Passenger Announcement and Digital Passenger Information System (PAPIS)
Mobile/laptop charging facility at every seat
Provision of wheelchair space for differently-abled and stretcher space for emergency medical transit
Dynamic route map display, emergency communications facilities
Indoor and Outdoor Surveillance System
Compatible with advanced ETCS Level II Signalling,
Automatic Train Operations and Platform Screen Doors (PSD) for improved safety
Design and Manufacturing based on International Safety Standards
Appropriate SIL level based on safety and hazard assessment as per International Standards
Fire detection system for internal and external fire
Monitoring of Axle box temperature with Wayside equipment