Construction launched for Delhi – Meerut rail corridor

Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has launched the construction of a 4.3 km viaduct near Dharamshila Marg, in Delhi, part of the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut rail Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).

The elevated structure will connect the Sarai Kale Khan station to New Ashok Nagar Down ramp including Jangpura entry ramp to the stabling yard, in Jangpura. The work includes the construction of two elevated stations (the Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar stations) and a bridge over the Yamuna River.

Two years ago, the Union Cabinet approved the construction of Delhi-Meerut corridor which will provide fast and comfortable commuter services in the National Capital Region (NCR), a planning region centred upon the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The project includes an 82-km line, of which 68 km elevated and 14 km underground linking Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi with Modipuram in Meerut. In Ghaziabad the system will have seven stations. The RRTS connection will be designed for speeds of 180 km/h, with an operational average of speed of up to 100 km/h. USD 4.25 billion was the estimated value of the project, of which USD 1 billion will be provided by the Asian Development Bank and USD 500 million will be covered by the New Development Bank.

In 2020, Larsen & Toubro was awarded two contracts to build 37 km and seven stations on the line. Last year the NCRTC also awarded Bombardier Transportation the train contract covering the delivery of 40 trainsets.

The Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut rail corridor is part of the first phase of the development of such systems across India. Recently, the Delhi-Panipat RRTS has been approved which will include a 103-km rail connection served by 17 stations.

The RRTS is a new, dedicated, high-speed, high-capacity, comfortable commuter service connecting regional nodes in the National Capital Region.

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