NEW DELHI (Metro Rail & Steel): In a significant development, trial runs on a crucial 12-kilometre segment from Duhai station to Modi Nagar South within the Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) corridor commenced on Sunday. This milestone follows the operationalization of the 17-kilometre priority corridor between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot earlier in October. The trial run began by charging the electric Over Head Equipment (OHE) with a capacity of 25 kilovolts (KV) from the Murad Nagar Receiving Sub Station to Modi Nagar South. A Namo Bharat train embarked on this stretch, journeying from Duhai station to Murad Nagar station and subsequently to Modi Nagar South.
Initially conducted manually under the Train Control Management System, the trial aimed to test track functionality and traction. The train traversed the distance from Murad Nagar station to Modi Nagar South at a conservative speed before returning to Duhai while gradually increasing its pace. The upcoming phase for public access within the RRTS corridor is the 25-kilometre stretch between Duhai and Meerut South, featuring four stations: Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar North, Modi Nagar South, and Meerut South.
Construction progress has been swift, with the completion of viaduct construction up to Meerut South in June, including track-laying, OHE installation, and signal and telecom works. Presently, track-laying is near completion, and final stages of other critical works are ongoing. The Murad Nagar station is poised to supply electricity from Murad Nagar to Meerut South. The forthcoming stage involves charging the OHE between Modi Nagar North and Meerut South stations, facilitating trial runs in this section, extending trains up to Meerut South station.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 17-kilometre priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot on October 20, encompassing five stations: Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) spearheading the construction of the 82-kilometre Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor aims for completion by June 2025. Once operational, this corridor promises to significantly reduce travel time between Delhi and Meerut to under an hour, revolutionizing regional connectivity.