New Delhi: Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), Government of India, has approved the operation of RAPIDX service on the Priority Section of Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor. Earlier last week, Ministry of Railways had sanctioned RRTS Rolling Stock, which has a design speed of 180 kmph, at operational speed of 160 kmph, which is the full potential of the Rolling Stock.
With these approvals, Priority Section of RRTS has become first railway system in the country which is being opened for operations in its entire length at maximum operational speed of 160 kmph.
Over the course of last one year, more than one Independent Safety Assessors have rigorously examined the processes deployed by NCRTC for implementing this state-of-the-art, world-class, new-age transit infrastructure project. Thus, the system has been thoroughly scrutinized and only after the clearances it has received approvals from Ministry of Railways and CMRS.
NCRTC is ready to start the commercial operations of RAPIDX services within four years of start of the construction work in June 2019. Even the serious impact of COVID-19 couldn’t affect the resolve of team NCRTC in achieving this target. Team NCRTC has also made rapid progress on the balance of the project and is determined to commission the full corridor along with Metro services in Meerut within the scheduled timeline of June 2025.
During this journey of project implementation, team NCRTC worked with innumerable stakeholders and received invaluable support from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, Department of Telecom, State Govt. of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and GNCTD, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, New Development Bank and officials of Ghaziabad and Meerut districts.
The general consultants, construction partners, and consultants who worked with team NCRTC have also played a critical role for the successful implementation of the project. With this important milestone, NCRTC is ready formally to enter Operations & Maintenance phase.
NCRTC’s O&M team of NCRTC NETRA, DB and Alstom will be working hard to provide fast, safe, and comfortable regional commute for the people who take a ride on RAPIDX trains.