Regional Rapid Transit System:
The Prime Minister of India will inaugurate the first leg of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), India’s first mass rapid system dedicated to regional connectivity.
- Regional Rapid Transit System has semi high-speed rail connectivity at its core; the RRTS is an integrated mass transit network.
- It aims to ensure “balanced and sustainable urban development” through better connectivity and access across the National Capital Region (NCR).
- It is constructed by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is a joint venture company of the Central government and the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.
- It is modelled on systems such as the RER in Paris, Regional-Express trains in Germany and Austria, as well as the SEPTA Regional Rail in the United States, among others.
- These trains will travel significantly faster than metro trains. These will operate at a speed of 160 km/hour but are designed to be able to run at speeds up to 180 km/hour.
- Eight corridors will be developed under the project, of which three are being constructed under phase I: the 82-km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, the 164-km Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar, and the 103-km Delhi-Panipat corridors.