New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi can launch India’s first RapidX train service by the last week of October during the festive season. Quoting two officials associated with the plan, ET Auto has reported that first of all, Prime Minister Modi can dedicate the Rapid X train service to the public on the priority section of about 17 km long in the second fortnight of October. These two officials said that a total of five stations have been constructed at a distance of about 17 kilometers. These include Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai and Duhai Depot. The construction work of these stations has been completed in June this year itself and it is completely ready for operation.
Expansion will happen in six months
The official also said that in the next six months, the network of Rapid X train service will be expanded by about 25 kilometers. After this, Muradnagar, Modinagar South, Modinagar North and Meerut South stations will also be included in it. Thus, in the coming six months, Rapid X train service will be started at a total of 10 stations. The construction work of all these stations has been completed and they are completely ready for operation. Officials say that Delhi and Meerut will be connected through Rapid X train service and this will provide convenience to the people traveling from Meerut to Delhi and from Delhi to Meerut. He also said that this section is a part of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project.
Train service will start in two phases
It has been said in the report that in the first phase of Rapid X train service, travel will be started between Sahibabad and Duhai. At the same time, in the second phase, the journey will start from Duhai to Meerut. The report also said that the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is overseeing the works of Rapid Train Surviv. The speed of trains on RRTS tracks is expected to be around 160 kilometers per hour. This will be the first railway system in the country, which is going to start train services at such a fast pace.
Metro may start in Meerut in June 2025
Last month, NCRTC had said that an important construction of RRTS viaduct on a section of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line has been completed. Construction of the rapid train service started in June 2019. The entire 82.15 km long corridor with metro service in Meerut can become operational in June 2025. According to an estimate, the number of daily riders is pegged at 800,000, but despite this huge crowd, revenue from the passenger segment is expected to remain low. This corridor is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 30,274 crore, which has been prepared with multilateral support. It is being co-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and New Development Bank (NDB).
Who named RapidX
Let us tell you that India’s first semi-high-speed regional train service has been named RapidX by NCRTC. These services will run on the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor, which is being built to connect major urban nodes in the National Capital Region (NCR). The regional rail service has been named RapidX because it is easy to read and pronounce in different languages. The name ‘Rapid’ is already being preferred by the citizens of the entire region as their mode of transport in both Hindi and English languages. RRTS is a first of its kind system in which trains with a speed of 180 kmph will be available every 5-10 minutes, covering the distance between Delhi and Meerut in 55 minutes.
On which routes will the train run?
Two types of trains will be run in the rapid rail running under the Regional Rapid Transit System. The first train will run from Modipuram to Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi via Begumpur-Pratappur. Whose name is Rapid Rail. The second one will run from Modipuram to Pratappur via Begumpur, which will be named Meerut Metro i.e. MTS. The number of rapid rail will be up to 30. A train will come and go every 10 minutes. At a speed of 160 kilometers, this rapid rail will take people to their destination in 40 minutes. This train will be fully equipped with automatic train protection, automatic control and automatic operation. There will be a seat for sitting and a space in between for standing.