The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) connecting Delhi and Meerut will commence operations by the end of this year, according to a report of the Times of India.
The RRTS will cover the stretch from Jangpura in Delhi to Meerut South, with stops at Sari Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar South, and Modi Nagar North. The 17km section from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot has been operational since October last year, and the remaining stretch from Duhai Depot to Meerut South is expected to open in the coming months.
According to the report, the Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will also be connected to the section between Sahibabad and Meerut South by the end of this year. Currently, out of the total 82km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, a 17km priority section with five stations has been opened to the public since October 20. The next phase will see the opening of a 25km stretch from Duhai to Meerut South. In Delhi, the RRTS spans 14km, with 9km being elevated and 5km underground. The operation of Namo Bharat trains in stage-III will begin from Sahibabad towards Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi.
An official told ToI that the construction of the underground tunnel is complete, and around 90% of the elevated section has been finished. The stations at Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, and Anand Vihar are in their final stages of construction. Anand Vihar station is underground, while the others are elevated. Once the civil construction of the viaduct is completed, the system work will commence, followed by a trial run.
Jangpura station in Delhi, along with a stabling yard, will be developed and completed at a later stage. The Sarai Kale Khan station has been designed to seamlessly integrate with other modes of transport already present in the area, such as the bus stand, railway station, and metro station. “It will be the only station in the RRTS network from where commuters can board trains going in different directions for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-SNB and Delhi-Panipat corridors,” said an official.
The New Ashok Nagar station will provide connectivity for the residents of New Ashok Nagar and Noida in the direction of Meerut. The Anand Vihar RRTS station will facilitate multi-modal integration with six modes of public transport.
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