The Sarai Kale Khan station on the much-awaited Regional Rapid Transit Corridor (RRTS) to be constructed across the national capital region is going to bring India’s first mega transit hub. The Sarai Kale Khan RRTS station in Delhi will act as a mega transit hub with multi model integration as the three prioritized RRTS corridors, Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat will converge at the station. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is the organisation responsible for implementing the RRTS project, plans to converge the three RRTS corridors of RRTS Phase-1 at the Sarai Kale Khan station. This means that passengers will be able to easily interchange their train, to be able to travel to different routes, without the hassle of changing the station.
The NCRTC, which is the implementing agency of the RRTS, will develop several multi-modal integrations along the high-speed corridors. The NCRTC has planned that it will have separate platforms for boarding and de-boarding from trains as the doors will open on both sides.
The unique system will help in optimising passenger flow and facilitate convenient commuter movement. When commuters are provided seamless integration with different public transport modes, it encourages them to leave their private vehicles behind. We have planned the network keeping demand and commuter convenience in mind. The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph while the operational speed will be 160 kmph. The average speed will be of 100 kmph. Trains will be available every five to 10 minutes.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will have 22 stations and two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. The distance will be covered in around 55 minutes. Construction work on the 17-km long prioritised section between Sahibabad and Duhai of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is in full swing and piers and viaducts will be visible soon. While this part of the corridor will become operational by March 2023, the commercial operations on the entire Delhi-Meerut corridor will commence by 2025. Rajasthan government had approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB ((Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) corridor — the first phase of the Delhi-Alwar rapid rail project.