The National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is constructing the rapid rail in Delhi-NCR for passenger service, is also considering utilizing the rail to facilitate freight movement between Delhi and Meerut.
“During the day, the trains will run for passengers… but the tracks will be empty at night… So, the NCRTC is planning to use night hours for logistics and cargo services. For this, separate coaches will be procured and run,” said officials.
The construction of the 17-km-long priority corridor between Sahibabad and Duhai is in the final stages of completion.
The officials informed that there are plans to construct warehouses in every depot where companies and courier services can operate. As per the officials, the first three warehouses will be constructed at Jangpura in Delhi, Modipuram, and Duhai in Uttar Pradesh. This step will bring cost-effectiveness into the logistics operations and help expand small businesses. For instance, if there is a factory in Haridwar and it has to deliver products to Delhi, it can opt for rapid rail instead of road transport… it is cheap and will cut pollution and save time,” said officials.
It is likely that from 2023, the Regional Rapid Transit System will act as a preferred mode for the industry by meeting their logistics and transportation needs said the officials at NCRTC adding that a consultation with the logistics industry has been held to deliberate on the ‘Provision of Logistics Services through RRTS corridors in NCR’. The meeting was attended by representatives of various firms participated in the meeting.