India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is coming up in Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor
India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is coming up in Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor. The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal, which include construction of RRTS, covering a distance of 82.15 km (68.03 km elevated and 14.12 km underground) at a total completion cost of Rs 30,274 crores
Cabinet also approved Central financial assistance of Rs 5,634 crore in the form of grant and sub-ordinate debt. Decision on institutional arrangement and legal framework for the project and conditions of sanction of the project also has been taken.
The RRTS is a first-of-its-kind, rail-based, high-speed regional transit system to be implemented in India. Once operational, it will be the fastest, most comfortable and safest mode of commuter transport in the National Capital Region (NCR). The project involves integration with other urban transport systems in an efficient and effective manner which is possible only by adopting innovative methods of designing, technology and institutional management.
The RRTS aims to streamline the urban transportation system, which is stressed due to intensive developments, and increase in the number of private vehicles, thus putting stress on travel infrastructure and industrial activities. The project will ensure provision of safe, secure, reliable, fast and comfortable public transport to the public.
The project is meant to ensure ‘Universal Access’ by being sensitive to the needs of women, children and vulnerable sections of the society. Safe, secure and comfortable public transport is not only critical for increasing attractiveness of public transport, but also to encourage greater mobility and participation of vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society to promote equity and inclusive development.