Namo Bharat: The new Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) India’s first semi-high-speed regional rail service run at a speed of 180 km per hour was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Rapid X was replaced yesterday with Namo Bharat as the name of the rail service.
Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS is a rail-based high-speed, regional commute transportation system connecting metropolitan and large cities, towns, and urban nodes throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). Once the projects are completed the travel time will be around 40 min from Delhi to Meerut.
RRTS project is being implemented throughout the National Capital Region by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), a joint venture company between the Government of India and the States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. By improving connectivity and access, the RRTS project aims to promote sustainable urban development.
The ceremony was held at the Sahibabad station of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS line and was attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
The first phase of the 17-kilometer priority portion of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot was flagged off by PM Modi, and the entire 82-kilometer line between Delhi and Meerut is expected to be completed within the next 1-1.5 years built at a cost of around 30,000 crore.
Namo Bharat trains will link several parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan soon, said Modi, he also interacted with some young students while riding in the first phase of the RRTS.