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Alstom hands over the first RRTS trainset to NCR Transport Corporation

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) program proceeds to the next stage as Alstom has handed over the first example of the trainset to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) on Saturday in a ceremony held at its manufacturing facility in Savli, Gujarat.

The set will be employed for the 82.5 km long Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project, which is scheduled to begin the regular of its first route, a 17 km (11 mi) long priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai, by March 2023. The project is aimed at bolstering the connectivity between the regions lying within the National Capital Region (NCR).

Alstom, a French-based firm, has rolled out the trainset within 10 months with the manufacturing process taking place in its Savli factory. It is said to feature 100% indigenous content to promote the “Make-in-India” initiative. Based on the design inspired by Delhi’s renowned Lotus Temple was unveiled in September 2020. It consists of 6 coaches, each integrated with modern safety and aiding systems to ensure comfortable travel and sustain up to the top speeds of 180 kph.

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Some of the safety and passenger comfort features on these full air-conditioned semi high-speed trains include ergonomically built 2×2 transverse seating, wide gangways for comfortable standing space, overhead luggage racks, CCTV cameras, fire and smoke detector, intercom, fire extinguisher, exterior camera, door status indicators, grab handles, Wi-Fi, laptop/mobile/USB charging stations, dynamic route display maps, auto controlled ambient lighting system, large windows for a panoramic view and ergonomically designed areas to support disabled people and for medical emergencies.

The trainset is fully compatible to operate with the European Train Control System (ETCS) hybrid Level 2 signaling system, which is the core signaling and train control component of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), making NCRTC be the first to adopt this system in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the RRTS corridor 8 March 2019. Local transit services will also be provided on the Delhi-Meerut RRTS network in Meerut with a span of 21 km (13 mi) for local transit needs.

At present, local transit systems are available in major cities of the NCR like Gurugram and Noida, albeit with single-line operations, while primary Delhi Metro services are also available till the bordering areas of adjoining cities of New Delhi.