There has been an increasing focus on development of infrastructure as a pillar of economic growth. Rapid transport systems due to their speed and economic viability have gained significance in this context.
- 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 project is proposed to be undertaken by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) namely the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) as a joint ownership of the Centre and State Governments with equal contribution, loan from multilateral/bilateral agency through the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA)/Ministry of Finance (MoF).
- Implementation of the RRTS would provide much-needed additional public transport infrastructure to the National Capital Region to address issues of congestion, air-pollution and catalyse balanced and sustainable regional development.
- It covers a distance of 82.15 kms. (68.03 kms. elevated and 14.12 km. underground).
- The project is meant to ensure ‘Universal Access’ by being sensitive to the needs of women, children and vulnerable sections of the society.
- With a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99.42 mph), the distance between Delhi and Meerut will be covered in around 62 min.
Source: The Hindu, PIB