New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station will be the India’s first mega transit hub. This is because three Regional Rapid Transit System corridors will intersect at it, an official said on Wednesday. Trains will run at an average speed of 100 kmph on the RRTS corridors. The system will provide easy commuter movement and encourage people to use public transport, the officials said. Moreover, the station will also be coincided with the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, the Delhi Metro's Sarai Kale Khan station and the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, the official added.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) proposes to merge the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridors at the station. This will make Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station India's first mega transit hub. As per the plan, the NCRTC, which is the executing agency of the RRTS, will construct several multi-modal integrations along the high-speed corridors.
The official said that there will be high-passenger flow at the Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station. Therefore, the NCRTC has proposed that it will have separate platforms for boarding and de-boarding from trains as the doors will open on either sides. This distinctive system will help in optimising passenger flow and ensuring convenient commuter movement. "When commuters are provided smooth integration with different public transport modes, it motivates them to leave their private vehicles behind. We have thought of the network keeping demand and commuter ease in mind" Sudhir Kumar Sharma, said NCRTC's Chief Public Relation Officer. The RRTS trains have a designed speed of 180 kmph . However, the operational speed will be 160 kmph. The average speed is supposed to be100 kmph. The trains will be available every five to 10 minutes.
TheDelhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will have 22 stations. In addition, it will have two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. The distance will be covered in circa 55 minutes. Construction work on the 17-km long section between Sahibabad and Duhai of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is in work mode. Piers and viaducts will be in sight soon, an official said. While this part of the corridor will be operative by March 2023, the commercial operations on the entire Delhi-Meerut corridor will begin by 2025, the official said.