Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary at India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the presence of Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director leading the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) together with Bombardier Transportation a unveiled the Delhi-Meerut train design.
The design, that was developed in collaboration with NCRTC’s experienced team, will provide increased safety, security and environmental benefits while keeping passenger comfort at the forefront.
The semi-high-speed aerodynamic trainsets will have a 2 + 2 transverse seating arrangement with comfortable seat pitches, standing spaces and automatic plug-in type sliding doors.
The new trains have a capacity for 900 passengers in the three-car train configuration for the Meerut local transit services. When configured into six-car trainsets for the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the trains will be able to accommodate as many as 1,790 passengers to significantly increase public transport capacity between Delhi and Meerut. With their modular design, the RRTS trains can be expanded to nine-car trainsets.
They will be equipped with air-conditioning systems, CCTV cameras for enhanced security. The trains provide space for luggage offer the choice of business class seating as well as a car designated for women in the six-car trainsets for regional services.
The interior of the new trains will offer an accessible and welcoming environment for passengers.
The Delhi-Meerut train design takes inspiration from The Lotus Temple which was developed for sustainability with its natural lighting and natural air circulation to keep the building cool. This sustainable design flows into the new trains as Bombardier’s engineers have designed efficient lighting and temperature control systems that will enhance the passengers’ experience and reduce energy consumption.
In May, Bombardier was awarded a EUR 314 million contract for the supply of 40 regional trains, with a total fleet car of 210 units) of which 30 six-car commuter trains and 10 three-car intracity mass transit trainsets.
They will operate the 82 km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut rail corridor with a speed of 180 km/h, reducing the travel time between the two destinations to less than 60 minutes. It will be India’s fastest railway network that is expected to carry 800,000 passengers daily. The local transit services between Meerut South and Modipuram Depot Station with 13 stations over 21 km on the RRTS infrastructure will provide local mobility services for Meerut’s citizens and deliver efficient regional connectivity.