Regional Rapid Transit System will transform the transportation system in future and will give impetus to economic activities.

Delhi-Meerut RRTS Namo Bharat Train: The wait for the country's first rapid rail is going to end soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Namo Bharat or Delhi-Meerut RRTS Rapidex train. The train will run at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour. It will be able to travel up to 100 kilometers in 60 minutes. In the first phase, the train will run on a route of 17 kilometers.

20 October 2023 has forever become a day of historical importance for the Indian transport system. As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India's first Regional Rapid Transit System, a new era in the public transport system began.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor on October 20. It was started at Sahibabad RapidX station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. With this, Regional Rapid Transit System i.e. RRTS was started in India. On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Namo Bharat RapidX train connecting Sahibabad to Duhai depot.

Launch of Regional Rapid Transit System

The trains connected to the Regional Rapid Transit System have been named 'NaMo Bharat'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also traveled in the first regional rapid train 'Namo Bharat'. This was a moment of pride for the entire countrymen. This can also be said because in the coming time, the nature of regional connectivity will completely change with the rapid rail service. It will play a very important role in connecting the two cities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the country's first RRTS corridor, Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, four years ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor on March 8, 2019.

Meerut section work to be completed in next one and a half year

Now the service connecting Sahibabad to Duhai depot has started under this corridor. Prime Minister Modi has expressed confidence that the work on Meerut section of RRTS will be completed in the next one and a half years. It is a matter of happiness that in the first Namo Bharat train, the support staff and locomotive pilots are all women. This should also be seen as an initiative to increase the participation of women in the country's transportation system.

Rejuvenation of public transport system

Along with the rejuvenation of the public transport system, the Regional Rapid Transit System is expected to bring major changes in the railways. After the formation of a wide network of Namo Bharat trains, it will now become easier to travel from one city to another in the states. People will now be able to reach from one area to another within the states in less time. It will become easier for people to do jobs and business. In those states where there was a complaint that the transport system for connecting small cities is still old and not as per the requirement, there is going to be a big change with the Regional Rapid Transit System.

Overall, the Regional Rapid Transit System will help a lot in increasing economic activities in the country, this much is certain. Trains like Namo Bharat will not only bring ease in the lives of passengers but will also help in the development of quality infrastructure. This will open new avenues for youth, businessmen and working women.

Reduction in vehicle congestion on the roads

Under the Regional Rapid Transit System, Namo Bharat Train is a symbol of modernity as well as speed. The biggest benefit that this is going to bring in the future is that after having an extensive network, it will also help in reducing the congestion of vehicles on the roads. This will help in increasing the speed of goods vehicles on national highways and main roads within the states. Along with this, reducing the vehicular traffic will help in effectively reducing air pollution.

Top priority for civic amenities

India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world. We are currently the fifth largest economy in the world. Within the next few years we will become the third largest economy. Along with this, India is moving forward with the aim of becoming a developed nation by 2047. For this, it is very important to have fast transportation in the country. Regional rapid transit system and rapid train 'Namo Bharat' will help a lot in this. There is special emphasis on the development of infrastructure in the country. In the work being done rapidly in this direction, care is also being taken to give top priority to civic amenities.

Work on multi-modal connectivity in RRTS

Regional Rapid Transit System and Rapid Train 'NaMo Bharat' is going to prove to be a milestone for the future India. The first section under the Regional Rapid Transit System i.e. Delhi-Meerut section is about 80 kilometers long. Under the 17 km long section of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Sahibabad has been connected to 'Duhai Depot' along with Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Duhai stations. India is working on multi-modal connectivity. Under the first phase of rapid rail service, Delhi's Sarai Kale Khan, Anand Vihar, Ghaziabad and Meerut bus stations, metro stations and railway stations are being connected to the Namo Bharat system.

Under the Regional Rapid Transit System, in the first phase, many areas of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan will be connected by Namo Bharat Train. Gradually, rapid rail service will be started in other parts of the country also under the Regional Rapid Transit System. If this happens, connectivity at the local level will improve and avenues will also open for new employment opportunities.

Rejuvenation of railways by the end of the decade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that the third decade of the 21st century is the decade of change for the Indian Railways service. Seen from that point of view, the rapid rail service will completely change the face of Indian Railways in the next few years. If this happens then this Till the end of the day, Indian trains are not going to lag behind any country in the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also assured this. Indian Railways is very close to achieving the target of 100 percent electrification.

Before Namo Bharat, the central government is working rapidly on modern trains like Vande Bharat and modernizing railway stations under Amrit Bharat Railway Station Scheme. Under the scheme proposed by the Central Government, Rs 3 lakh crore is being spent on modern trains like Namo Bharat or Metro trains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also believes that Namo Bharat, Vande Bharat and Amrit Bharat Railway Station Triveni will give a new dimension to the modernization of Indian Railways by the end of this decade.

Comprehensive improvement in regional connectivity

World-class transport infrastructure is being created to provide a new dimension by comprehensively improving regional connectivity. Under this, the Regional Rapid Transit System project is being developed. In simple words, RRTS is a new rail-based, semi-high speed, high frequency computer transit system. Under this, the speed of the train will be 180 km per hour. Through this, high-speed trains will be provided for intercity travel every 15 minutes. Later, as per the need, a high-speed train every 5 minutes will be available for intercity travel. RRTS is being seen as a transformative regional development initiative.

Identification of eight RRTS corridors

At present, a total of eight RRTS corridors have been identified for construction in the National Capital Region i.e. NCR. Of these, three corridors are to be implemented in the first phase. This includes Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor, Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar Corridor and Delhi-Panipat Corridor.

Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will cost more than Rs 30,000 crore. The most important thing is that by passing through the urban centers of Ghaziabad, Muradnagar and Modinagar, one can reach Delhi to Meerut or Meerut to Delhi through this train in less than an hour.

When the RRTS network will be spread across the country in the future, then people will start getting the benefit of safe, reliable and modern as well as fast transportation service to move from one city to another in the country. It is to be developed according to PM Gatishakti National Master Plan. Under this, the transport system will be given the form of comprehensive multi-modal integration by connecting railway stations, metro stations and bus services in the RRTS network.

The train will travel through 5 stations between Sahibabad and Duhai, which will include Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Dulai and Dulai Depot stations. There will be only 25 stations between Delhi and Meerut. It will also have 4 underground stations. News Ashok Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Jangpura, Anand Vihar, Sabibabad, Ghaziabad, Dulai, Guldhar, Duhai Depot, Muradnagar, Modinagar South, Modinagar North, Meerut South, Partapur, Rithani, Shatabdinagar, Brahmpuri, Meerut Central, Bhainsali MES Colony, The train will have stoppages at Meerut North, Modipuram and Modipuram depot. (Courtesy/narendramodi/Facebook)