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Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail: Stretch between Duhai and Sahibabad to be functional by March 2023

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The stretch between Duhai-Sahibabad in the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS is likely to get functional by March 2023. However, the entire stretch is estimated to get operational by 2025, officials have said.

The commuters will travel in India’s maiden rail rapid transit corridor in the next three years an official said recently.

 As per the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), RRTS i.e. the Rail Rapid Transit System executing agency the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, that covers 82 kms, will be operational by 2025.

The NCRTC has started civil construction work on the 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section of the corridor. This stretch is designed to have four stations – Duhai, Guldhar, Ghaziabad and Sahibabad – apart from a depot at Duhai.

The official said that this priority section is expected to become operational by March 2023, while people can avail of the benefit of fast and safe commute on the 82-km-long full corridor by 2025.

The opening of the Duhai-Sahibabad section will connect the Ghaziabad RRTS station to Ghaziabad New Bus Adda station. The Sahibabad RRTS station is also proposed to connect with the proposed Vasundhara Sector 2 metro station and bus terminal.

There will be 24 stations on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor with two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram.

The officials said that the RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph, operational speed of 160 kmph and the average speed would be 100 kmph. The trains will be three times faster than the Delhi Metro trains, in terms of operational speed. The distance between the stations will vary from 5 to 10 km.