RAPID RAIL - Delhi-Meerut RRTC will boost housing
The NCR Transport Corporation has cleared the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit Corridor (RRTC), with trains zipping at 160kmh. The 92km-long corridor, with a capital investment of Rs 21,902 crore, will bring down travel time between Delhi and Meerut to 48 minutes by express trains, and 60 minutes by normal trains, when fully operational.
Realty watchers say that once this project is complete, more areas between Delhi and Meerut, Raj Nagar Extension for one, will open up for residential real estate development, especially in the middle and premium segments.
The project was conceived more than 10 years ago and is a segment of a larger plan to connect important towns in the NCR region with Delhi through a high-speed based commuter transit system. The entire corridor is expected to be completed by 2024. The corridor will originate at the Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal and pass through Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut regions before terminating at Modipuram. Of the 92kmlong stretch, 60km will be on an elevated viaduct, 30km will be underground, while 1.45km will be at grade for connections to two depots, one each at Duhai and Modipuram. The section running along the median of the Delhi-Meerut highway will be elevated. The line will have 17 stations.
Sources said that the Delhi-Meerut RRTC is expected to carry around 7.91 lakh passengers in 2024, 9.20 lakh in 2031, and 11.40 lakh passengers by 2041. The peak-hour peak day traffic has been estimated at around 18,224 in 2024, 22,215 in 2031, and 26,462 in 2041.
“This corridor will be de signed for a maximum speed of 180kmh with an operating speed of 160kmh. The coaches will have a 2x2 seating system, like in aircraft.Each train will have one business class coach, apart from 11 others,“ a source said. “On completion of this corridor, travel time between Delhi and Meerut will come down to 48 minutes by express trains, and 60 minutes by normal trains,“ he added.
As per the project report, the 38.05km-long SahibabadMeerut south section, including the Duhai depot, is likely to commence revenue operations in January 2023, the 16.60km-long Sarai Kale Khan-Sahibabad in January 2024, and the remaining 37.40km-long Meerut SouthModipuram in July 2024.