India’s 1st RRTS, Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is coming up in Delhi. The implementing body of the RRTS project, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), has announced – all RRTS corridors will be interoperable for hassle-free and comfortable travelling. This means that the RRTS Phase-1 corridors namely; Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar and Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat will be converging at the Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station in Delhi.
The NCRTC, a joint venture company of GoI and States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh has said that the Sarai Kale Khan station is being developed as India’s 1st RRTS mega transit hub where the three RRTS corridors will converge. The corridors will be interoperable for easy travelling and interchange facility so that passengers can travel smoothly.
NCRTC is designing India’s 1st RRTS mega transit hub – Sarai Kale Khan station in such a way that all the platforms will lie at one level. Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station will have four tracks and five platforms. It will also have dedicated boarding and deboarding platforms for fair segregation of crowd. The RRTS trains will operate in a loop which will facilitate access to all the stations on the three corridors, giving the system the much needed interoperability feature.
NCRTC will also adopt the European Rail Traffic Management system (ERTMS) Level 2 to implement the interoperability feature in the RRTS system. The 82-km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut is the first corridor which has been prioritized for getting operational, which will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Meerut to just 55 minutes. The 17 km long priority section of Sahibabad-Duhai of Delhi-Meerut RRTS has been targeted for operations by the year 2023.