Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System: The first pier of the elevated section of the 82.15 km long Delhi-Meerut regional rapid transit system (RRTS) has been completed near the upcoming New Ashok Nagar station. The Delhi portion of the elevated RRTS corridor starts from the Sarai Kale Khan station and passes above the existing Barapullah flyover while crossing the Yamuna river to reach the New Ashok Nagar RRTS station, according to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation or NCRTC. The Delhi-Meerut is one of the three prioritized corridors of the first phase of the RRTS project. (Also Read: Alstom Wins Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail’s Contract For Signalling, Telecommunications)
The height of the constructed pier in the elevated section is 6.5 meters, and the average height of the piers in the stretch varies from 5.6 meters to 17 meters. The first RRTS Yamuna bridge is also under construction for crossing the river almost parallel to the DND flyway.
The foundation work, including piling and pile caps, is in full swing between New Ashok Nagar to Kondli under package six contract, and around two km of foundation work has been completed out of the 9.2 km elevated corridor in the national capital. (Also Read: Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail To Have Indigenous Ballastless Track Technology )
The Delhi-Meerut semi-high-speed rail line will reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut under 60 minutes, as compared to the current 90-100 minutes. The rapid rail will operate at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. Out of the 82 km long Delhi-Meerut rapid rail corridor, the prioritised 17 km-long Sahibabad-Duhai section has been targeted to be operational by the year 2023. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation is responsible for implementing the RRTS project across the national capital region.