Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Corridor: The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is building regional transport in and around the NCR, is building India’s first rapid rail transit system on the Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Corridor. The Delhi-Meerut RRTS urban rail transport system will span 82.15 km.
These semi-high speed trains will pass through tunnels and high bridges at a speed of 160 km/h. Its top speed is rated at 180 kmph. The first section is expected to open by mid-2023. The Sahibabad-Duhai section will also be extended by 11 km through four elevated stations.
NCRTC is also planning to give priority to RRTS in two other corridors like Delhi-Gurugram-Rewari-Alwar route. This area will extend for about 180 km. While the Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat route will be spread over 111 km.
Delhi-Alwar RRTS Corridor
NCRTC aims to connect Tier 1 cities adjacent to Delhi for commuters who rely on road transport or regular train network. The first RRTS corridor will connect NCR with Uttar Pradesh. The second objective is to connect NCR with Alwar in Rajasthan.
The initial plan is to connect Delhi with Alwar using high-speed trains, but some reports state that the Rajasthan government has shown interest in extending the RRTS corridor to Jaipur. The RRTS corridor will cover Gurgaon in Haryana to reach Jaipur.
Delhi-Panipat RRTS Corridor
The RRTS corridor aims to reach Panipat in Haryana, which is only 100 km away. Like the Rajasthan government, the Haryana government has proposed to extend the Delhi-Panipat phase of the RRTS up to Karnal. This route continues till Chandigarh and can be extended till Chandigarh Union Territory.