The Nationwide Capital Area Transport Company (NCRTC) achieved a big milestone on Tuesday, marking the completion of civil building for the complete underground tunnelling works of the 82km lengthy Regional Speedy Transit System (RRTS) undertaking, officers mentioned. This undertaking goals to join the cities of Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut.
Officers acquainted with the event mentioned the focus will now shift to the section from Ghaziabad’s Duhai Depot to Meerut (South), the place the viaduct is already completed. They added that the monitor laying actions are anticipated to conclude throughout the subsequent three months.
Spanning 82km, the nation’s inaugural RRTS undertaking contains an elevated portion of round 70km, with about 80% of the viaduct accomplished. The remaining work, roughly 5.5km from New Ashok Nagar in Delhi to Sahibabad in Ghaziabad, and about 6.5km in Meerut, is underground.
Puneet Vats, chief public relations officer, NCRTC, mentioned, “The civil building of the complete underground tunnelling works for the undertaking has been accomplished. The most recent breakthrough occurred on the Vaishali retrieving shaft in Ghaziabad on Tuesday. The viaduct connecting Ghaziabad to Meerut (South) is already completed, and monitor laying actions are progressing quickly. We anticipate monitor laying to conclude throughout the subsequent three months.”
On August 23, HT has reported that the underground tunnelling works had been nearing completion and may very well be completed inside per week.
As soon as the section up to Meerut (South) is accomplished, the undertaking’s focus will shift to the Delhi section. The ultimate section, connecting Meerut (South) to Modipuram, can be taken up after that, as this section features a native Metro module for operations in Meerut.
A 17km precedence section in Ghaziabad, extending from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot and encompassing 5 RRTS stations, is already full and awaits inauguration.
The general price estimate for the 82km lengthy RRTS undertaking is ₹30,274 crore, mentioned officers.
In accordance to NCRTC sources, the Duhai Depot to Meerut (South) section will witness simultaneous set up of indicators, overhead tools, and extra. They added that this section will pave the best way for connecting Ghaziabad with western Uttar Pradesh.
In the meantime, speculations are rife that the mixed Ghaziabad to Meerut (South) section may open for passenger operations across the time of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Concerning the underground tunnels, officers mentioned over 80,000 pre-cast segments had been utilised, every measuring 1.5 metres in size. These segments had been assembled to kind the tunnel rings. The RRTS tunnels boast a diameter of about 6.5 metres, a extremely optimized dimension in contrast to world tunnel benchmarks for the same design pace of 180kmph, accommodating wider and taller rolling inventory.
The NCRTC plans to deploy RapidX trains on the 82km hall, designed for a most pace of 180km per hour. The company goals to open the complete Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut hall to the general public by 2025.