National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is a joint venture of the Government of India and State Governments of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. NCRTC was formed to implement Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors across the National Capital Region (NCR) in order to ensure balanced and sustainable development in NCR.
Regional Rapid Transit System
RRTS is a new, dedicated, high speed, high capacity, comfortable commuter service connecting regional nodes in NCR. It is three times faster than the metro, with a design speed of 180 Km/hr and a maximum operating speed of 160 Km/hr. A distance of 100 Km can be traveled in 1 hour time by RRTS.
Upcoming RRTS Corridors of NCRTC in Delhi / National Capital Region
As per the present plan, across NCR, NCRTC shall be implementing a network of 709 Km of RRTS corridors. Currently, a total of eight RRTS corridors are to be developed by NCRTC under two different phases.
Phase-I shall include Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar* RRTS corridors.
Phase- II shall include Delhi–Faridabad–Ballabgarh–Palwal, Ghaziabad–Khurja, Delhi-Bahadurgarh–Rohtak, Ghaziabad-Hapur, and Delhi-Shahadra-Baraut RRTS corridors.
Details and Developments of RRTS Corridors Under Phase I
NCRTC shall be developing three RRTS corridors: Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar covering 349 Km under phase -I.
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor
This is an 82.15 Km under-execution semi-high speed rail line with 22 stations connecting Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut. Within Meerut city, NCTRC will run Meerut Metro with 8 dedicated metro-only stations. 17 Km section between Sahibabad and Duhai is likely to be operational by 2023 and the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is targeted to be completed by 2025. The estimated cost of the project is ₹ 30,274 crore. Distance between Delhi and Meerut will be covered in less than 60 minutes.
Consultants for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is Expert Consultant for Delhi–Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor. In October 2020, NCRTC had appointed Boston Consulting Group (India) Private Limited for providing consultancy services for establishment of Project Monitoring & Strategic Support Unit (PMSSU).
For this RRTS corridor, NCRTC had appointed Ayesa India Private Limited and Tandon Consultants Private Limited as Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for various sections of the corridor.
In June 2021, for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor, NCRTC had signed MoU with SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India) to use blended renewable energy, therefore all elevated RRTS stations and depots of the Corridor will be provided with solar panels.
NCRTC has awarded several civil construction contracts under various packages to different contractors. Read More about the Civil Work Progress of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
Major Electrical Contracts Awarded for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor
In May 2020, NCRTC had awarded a contract worth ₹ 2,577 crore to Bombardier Transportation for design, manufacture and supply 210 rolling stock, which shall be made in its plant in Gujarat.
NCRTC had awarded a contract to IRCON International Ltd. for a value of ₹ 723 crore for providing 25KV AC overhead equipment (OHE) electrical supply works for this corridor.
Alstom Transport India Ltd. shall be providing the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Signalling and Train Control and Telecommunication Systems for this corridor, NCRTC had awarded this contract in January 2020, for a value of ₹ 1026.66 crore.
Manufacturing, Supply, Installation, Testing & Commissioning of Ballast-less / Ballasted Track from Sarai Kale Khan (in Delhi) to Modi Puram has been awarded to Larsen & Toubro Limited by NCRTC. Value of the contract is ₹ 648.46 crore.
Tunnel Ventilation System (TVS), Environmental Control System (ECS) will be supplied by STRABAG International. Drone Based Mapping and Implementation of Web based Geographical Information System (GIS) shall be supplied by GIS Consortium India Pvt. Ltd.
Delhi-Panipat RRTS Corridor
Delhi-Panipat RRTS is a proposed 103 Km long line with 17 stations (11 in Haryana and 6 in Delhi) connecting connecting Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat. The line is estimated to cost ₹ 21,627 crores. On completion of Delhi-Panipat RRTS, distance between Delhi and Panipat will be covered in 65 minutes.
Construction of the line shall be in two stages from Sarai Kale Khan to Murthal (58.28 Km) and Murthal to Panipat (44.74 Km).
In December 2020 Haryana cabinet approved the detailed project report (DPR) of Delhi-Panipat RRTS to be developed by NCRTC. Currently, DPR is awaiting Delhi Government’s approval followed by Central Government cabinet’s approval.
Also, in January 2020, Haryana Government decided to extend Delhi-Panipat RRTS from Panipat to Karnal, a distance of roughly 25 Km from Panipat Depot Station and recently, Union Government has agreed for the extension of Delhi-Panipat RRTS from Panipat to Karnal, however, DPR of this extension is not yet approved.
Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar RRTS Corridor
Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar RRTS is 164 Km under construction semi-high speed rail corridor connecting Delhi, Gurugram, Rewari, SNB (Shahjahanpur – Neemrana – Behrod) and Alwar. It shall have 22 stations starting from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi & will connect Munirka, Aerocity and move via Gurugram, Sotanala and Rewari to reach Alwar in Rajasthan. The estimated project cost is ₹ 37,000 crores.
Consultants for the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar RRTS
NCRTC has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as the Financial Consultant. Detailed Design Consultant for 7 Stations between Panchgaon-SNB, and Dharuhera Depot is SYSTRA-AECOM JV.
Detailed Design Consultant for Gurgaon section – viaduct from IDPL Ramp to Rajiv Chowk Ramp and 3 stations is L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd.
Initial Pile Load Test contractor is Continental Piling & Excavation Pvt. Ltd. Contractor for Feasibility Study for Delhi – SNB Urban Complex section has been awarded to Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd. (UMTC).
Construction of 10 km Gurgaon section, i.e viaduct from IDPL Ramp to Rajiv Chowk Ramp with 3 stations has been awarded to GR Infraprojects Ltd.
RRTS Corridors Under Phase -II
NCRTC shall be developing five RRTS corridors covering 326 Km under phase -II namely: Delhi-Faridabad-Ballabgarh-Palwal (86 Km), Ghaziabad-Khurja (66 Km), Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak (66 Km), Ghaziabad-Hapur (40 Km) and Delhi-Shahadra-Baraut (54 Km).
Currently, all five corridors are in the proposed stage and no further information is available for the same.