Delhi Meerut RRTS Train to move cargo at 180kmph

Since the next revolutionary transformation in public transport, RAPIDX will be connecting Delhi with industrial towns and suburban areas of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the much awaited Rapid Regional Transit System (RRTS), designed to reach a speed of 180kmph, will be utilized to transport cargo in the non-peak hours. The depots will have warehouses and different trains may be used to haul cargo.

Vinay Kumar Singh, managing director, NCRTC, who is executing the project said, “During non-peak hours, the ridership would be low, so we can use the time to move cargo, including perishable goods.”

Singh said that two studies had been carried out and they showed interesting and encouraging results. “A lot of money has been invested in the project and we have to employ every opportunity to earn. But even if we don’t earn money, moving the goods will help decongesting roads and reduce smoke and pollution,” said Singh.

Highlighting that RAPIDX would help the logistics sector indirectly too, NCRTC MD said NCRTC is planning depots to have warehouses and other facilities to handle cargo. This will make the transportation of goods between the suburban towns of NCR easy. On the Delhi-Ghaziabad- Meerut line, warehouses will come at Modipuram in Meerut, Duhai in Ghaziabad and Jangpura in Delhi.

Expected to be operational by 2025, the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will see the decision on cargo movement after passenger movement starts on the entire corridor. A 17-km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai depot with five stations is expected to start running soon.

The other corridors that will close the gap between Delhi and industrial, educational and hospitality hubs of Haryana and Rajasthan are Delhi-Gurgaon-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat. The former will be constructed in three stages, with a 107km stretch from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to SNB Urban Complex (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror) in the first stage, followed by SNB to Sotanala (33.3km), with Shahjahanpur, Neemrana and Behror in between, and the SNB to Alwar (58km) extension in the third stage.

Heading out in a north-westerly direction from Delhi, the Delhi-Panipat corridor will connect Delhi with Murthal, Gannaur, Samalkha and Panipat in Haryana.

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