PM Narendra Modi Flags Off India’s First RAPIDX Train Under India’s First RRTS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated a groundbreaking moment in India’s transportation history by flagging off the first RAPIDX train under the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS). The ceremony took place in Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh, where the Prime Minister also dedicated the priority section of the RRTS corridor, which covers a 17-kilometer stretch connecting Sahibabad to the ‘Duhai Depot,’ with stations at Ghaziabad, Guldhar, and Duhai along the way.
Namo Bharat Trains are a glimpse of India's promising future. pic.twitter.com/fpD7dVrcqY— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 20, 2023
Prime Minister Modi boarded the Regional Rapid Train, aptly named ‘Namo Bharat,’ and took the opportunity to interact with fellow passengers. Commuters shared their excitement and their anticipation of how this new train service would significantly impact their lives.
Following the inaugural journey, the Prime Minister presided over a public program in Sahibabad, where he addressed the gathering and emphasized the importance of the RRTS project. In addition to this, he dedicated two stretches of the east-west corridor of the Bengaluru Metro to the nation, demonstrating the government’s commitment to transforming the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
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The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)
The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is a state-of-the-art regional mobility solution that ranks among the best in the world. Aligned with Prime Minister Modi’s vision for enhancing regional connectivity through the development of world-class transportation infrastructure, the RRTS project is poised to revolutionize the way people move within the country. RRTS is a modern rail-based, semi-high-speed, high-frequency commuter transit system designed to connect cities efficiently and comfortably.
With a design speed of 180 kilometers per hour, the RRTS is a transformational initiative in regional development. It aims to provide high-speed intercity trains every 15 minutes, with the flexibility to increase frequency to as often as every 5 minutes to meet the demand.
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor is a crucial part of the RRTS project, representing a significant step forward in regional connectivity. This corridor is expected to revolutionize transportation, significantly reducing travel times between Delhi and Meerut. With a cost of over Rs 30,000 crore, this ambitious project promises to connect Delhi to Meerut in less than an hour, passing through the urban centers of Ghaziabad, Muradnagar, and Modinagar.
Priority Section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor
The newly inaugurated priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor spans 17 kilometers, stretching from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot. This section comprises five stations, namely Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot. Notably, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) received the approval of the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) in June this year to commence RAPIDX train service on this stretch, setting the stage for this historic launch.
Significance of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor
The initiation of regional rail service on the priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor marks a significant leap forward in enhancing travel options between these two destinations. This new mode of transportation offers a modern, sustainable, convenient, fast, safe, and comfortable means of travel. Once the entire corridor is completed, the RRTS is poised to reduce travel times between Delhi and Meerut by a substantial 40 percent, which will have far-reaching benefits for the daily lives of commuters.
The inauguration of the RAPIDX train under the RRTS project signifies a significant milestone in India’s journey towards modern and efficient transportation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for better regional connectivity is taking shape, and the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor is just the beginning. With faster and more convenient travel options, this project is set to transform the way people move within the country, making it easier for citizens to access opportunities and services in different cities. The RRTS is a testament to India’s commitment to sustainable and efficient transportation infrastructure, and it holds the promise of a brighter and more connected future for all.