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Indigenously Designed ballastless tracks to be used for High-Speed RRTS trains

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Indigenously designed ballastless tracksThe National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) will use indigenously designed ballastless tracks for the country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).

  • As RRTS technology supports high-speed trains therefore these tracks will be suitable for high-speed trains running up to 180 kmph and require low maintenance.
  • Track slabs will first be used on the 17-km-long Sahibabad-Duhai priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor. The section will be operational by 2023, while the entire 82-km-long corridor will be completed by 2025.
  • Tracks will be manufactured indigenously in a unit, currently being constructed in Meerut.

Key Points:

–India’s first RRTS corridor is being implemented between Delhi and Meerut via Ghaziabad, Duhai and Modi Nagar.

–The distance between Delhi to Meerut will be reduced to less than an hour from the current three-four hours by road.

–One of the key features of India’s first RRTS is multimodal integration and stations will be seamlessly integrated with metro stations, airport, railway stations and inter-state bus terminals, which will provide a hassle-free travel experience to commuters.

–RRTS stations will have platform screen doors (PSDs) for the safety of the passengers. The train doors will be integrated with PSDs. NCRTC, the executing agency of RRTS, recently signed an MoU with Bharat Electrical Limited for indigenous development of PSDs.

Recent Related News:

i.The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 1 billion (about Rs 7,485 crore) loan to construct the modern, high-speed 82-kilometer Delhi – Meerut, Uttar Pradesh Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in India, a first of its kind in India.

ii.On November 19, 2020, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt of India, National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) and New Development Bank (NDB) of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) Nations signed a loan agreement for lending USD 500 Million (~ INR 3708 Crores) for the ‘Delhi- Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS in the National Capital Region (NCR).

About National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC):
Chairman– Durga Shanker Mishra
Headquarter– New Delhi