Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 17-km priority section of the country's first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor. He traveled in NaMo Bharat, the rail service running on the stretch. The foundation stone of this project was laid down by PM Modi in March 2019.
RRTS is a rail-based high-speed, high-frequency, regional commute transit system. It will connect metropolitan and big cities, towns, and urban parts across the National Capital Region (NCR). The name of the train was changed from RapidX to NaMo Bharat on Thursday.
PM Modi showed the green flag to the train connecting Sahibabad and Duhai Depot stations in Uttar Pradesh. Trains plying on this corridor can run at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour. The service will start from tomorrow, 21st October. The services will begin at 6 am and run till 11 pm, informed National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).
After flagging off the train, Modi boarded a train from Sahibabad to travel on the corridor. During his journey, he interacted with some school students and the crew of the train.
Namo Bharat, the first semi-high-speed train, has various facilities for travelers like, overhead storage, Wi-Fi, and charging options at each seat. There will be a premium-class car with spacious seating, ample legroom, and coat hangers. There are CCTV cameras, a button to communicate with a motor person and an emergency door open mechanism for passengers' safety.
'Namo Bharat' is a transformational regional development initiative, which is designed to provide high-speed trains for intercity commuting, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
"In the first phase of the RRTS, Namo Bharat trains will link several parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan," PM Modi said.
The priority section between Sahibabad and Dubai depot has five stations-Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot. The segment from Duhai to Duhai Depot is a spur from the main corridor. PM Modi traveled from Sahibabad station to Guldhar station.
The Corridor is yet not completed. The 82 km stretch between Delhi and Meerut will be completed in the next 1-1.5 years. The fully complete Delhi-Gazhiabad-Meerat RRTS corridor will reduce the travel distance between Delhi and Meerut to a little less than an hour. It will take more than one lakh private vehicles off the road.
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