The Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), a Rs 30,274 crore joint venture between the Center and the Uttar Pradesh government, will start operations by March 2023. According to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation, preparations for operations are underway. By March 2023, 17 km of the total 82.15 km long corridor.
NCRTC officials expect about 8 lakh passengers to travel daily by Rapid Rail. Architectural and design work has been finalized for the 17 km long priority section from Sahibabad to Duhai covering five stations of Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai and Duhai depots. The construction work is in advance stage.
The UP government has allocated Rs 1,326 crore for this project in the current financial year. According to RRTS project officials, 24 stations will be built along the entire corridor.
About 68 km of this project falls in the UP region. The 17-km priority section between Sahibabad to Duhai is expected to be operational by 2023 and the entire corridor between Delhi and Meerut by 2025,” the spokesperson said. The locations selected for the stations are Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, Duhai Depot, Muradnagar, Muradnagar Depot, Modi Nagar South, Modi Nagar North, Meerut South, Partapur, Rithani, Shatabdi cities are included. , Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhainsali, Begumpul, MES Colony, Daurali Metro, Meerut North and Modipuram.
The government is planning to connect these stations with airports, railway stations and Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) as well as metro stations.
Earlier there was a plan to open the entire corridor by March 2025 but the construction work has slowed down due to the Kovid-19 lockdown. Despite this, the officials are hopeful that the project will be completed within the time limit.