Bombardier unveils first-look of India’s RRTS trains for Delhi-Meerut corridors

Bombardier unveils first-looks of India's debut Delhi-Meerut high-speed trains - We The World
Image courtesy of Bombardier via press release

Global mobility technology company Bombardier unveiled what India’s first  Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) rakes would look like, which will run at a speed of 180 km/hr.

The German mobility company, which has reportedly manufactured the rolling stocks of India’s many metro systems including the Delhi Metro was awarded the contract for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS system in May.

Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India unveiled the first-looks of the pilot project, which the maker say is inspired by Delhi’s famous Lotus temple.

“These energy-efficient trains with exceptional ergonomics and low life cycle costs will contribute towards making India’s first RRTS futuristic and sustainable. Clubbed with state-of-the-art commuter centric features, RRTS is going to transform the way people travel in NCR and set a new benchmark for similar projects in the future,” said Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), in a media release.

Outline sketch of the two configuration of the rolling stock (Image courtesy of Bombardier via Global Newswire)

The RRTS project kicked off by the government of India aims to install the nation’s first intracity rapid rail network, starting with the high-traffic Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut route.

Emphasis was laid on manufacturing the train rakes in India. The train sets will be reportedly manufactured in Bombardier’s Vadodara sites in tandem with the PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ call.

As per the contract, that costs approximately INR 2577 crore (314 million euro, $340 million US) includes supplying locally-made 10 intracity mass transit rakes of three cars each; 30 regional commuter trainsets of six cars each, and a maintenance contract for 15 years.

According to Bombardier, the trains will be designed at the Global Engineering and Technology Centre in Hyderabad.

Features of the high-speed fully-air conditioned rolling stocks would include, sleek, modern, and aerodynamic design, inspired by Delhi’s Lotus temple monument, automated plug-in doors, comfortable 2 by 2 seating, ample standing place, enough space for luggage, CCTV cameras, with state-of-art security and safety benefits.

The Meerut intracity trains with two cars would carry 900 passengers at full capacity, and the six-car train sets for RRTS would be able to accommodate as many as 1,790 passengers.

Expected ridership in the 82-kilometer Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut route at this time is being thought could go up to 800,000 passengers daily.

The high speed trains will cover the distance in less than 60 mins, covering 24 stations in between.

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