RRTS pre-construction activities on Delhi-Gurugram-SNB and Delhi-Meerut corridors gaining momentum

NEW DELHI:  The Pre-construction activities associated with the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) RRTS corridor has been gaining momentum, with like soil testing, geotechnical investigation and utility diversion in progress. Consultancy bids were invited for Civil and E&M works of Delhi-SNB RRTS line for Civil, Architectural and E&M Works for the design of three elevated Stations and Viaduct for Delhi-SNB RRTS line. With this, the aspects of engagement of Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for Civil, Architectural and E&M Works for the Design of Three Elevated Stations (Udyog Vihar, Sector-17 and Rajiv Chowk) and Elevated Viaduct between IDPL Complex Ramp (Gurugram) to Rajiv Chowk Ramp for Delhi- SNB RRTS Corridor would be finalised.

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation has recently started pile load test at Rajiv Chowk in Gurugram. A pile load test is carried out to check the resistance and load-bearing capacity of the soil. It ensures the load-carrying capacity of deep foundations before the construction of piers and viaduct.

The NCRTC has recently floated a tender for the engagement of Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for civil, architectural, and E&M works for the design of three elevated stations in Gurugram — Udyog Vihar, Sector 17, Rajiv Chowk — and for elevated viaduct between IDPL complex ramp to Rajiv Chowk Ramp for Delhi-SNB RRTS corridor.

One of the three RRTS corridors prioritised for implementation, the 106-km-long Delhi-Gurugram-SNB corridor will be elevated for about 71 km (11 stations) and the remaining 35 km (5 stations) will be constructed underground, mostly in Delhi and Gurugram.

Haryana government approved the Detailed Project Report of the corridor in February while the Rajasthan government gave nod to the project in June this year.

The corridor will converge at Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan with the other two RRTS corridors, Delhi-Meerut and Delhi-Panipat. The three corridors will be interoperable and will be integrated with other modes of public transport wherever possible.

Once operational, the corridor is expected to bring down the travel time between Delhi and SNB to about 70 minutes.

Likewise, NCRTC has also begun pre-construction work on the 16-km long Delhi Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) section, part of Delhi Ghaziabad Meerut corridor. Tender has also been floated for ‘Detailed Design Construction’ (DDC) for three major stations Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar and Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), which will also be the major converging points of all three RRTS corridors.

Currently, the NCRTC — implementing agency has started work on the Ghaziabad portions. “The preliminary work such as survey, pile, utility work such as utility diversion of electrical lines, water pipe line and sewer line has been started for parts of Phase I corridor of the Delhi Meerut Corridor. These three stations are the most important stations as these will inter connect the entire major RRTS corridor — Delhi Meerut, Delhi Gurugram Panipat- Sonipat and Delhi-Alwar,” said a senior NCRTC official adding civil construction will also be soon started for the sections.

Among the three stations, New Ashok Nagar and Sarai Kale Khan will be  elevated ones, While Anand Vihar Rapid Railway station will be totally underground as the existing Delhi Metro station is an elevated station due to which it attracts a heavy traffic in the vicinity and near Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) Anand Vihar..

The NCRTC official further added, “Besides three stations, an 11 km viaduct from Sarai Kale Khan will be developed which will connect RRTS ram near Khichripur to Jangpura stabling yard. The stabling yard will be developed on the 12 hectare land parcel Jangpura.”

Moreover, inorder to bring different mode of transports at one point through the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), these stations will be developed as Multi Modal Integration (MMI) which will connect  ISBT Sarai Kale Khan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Station, Delhi Metro and Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Aerocity, Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation (UPSTC) through skywalks, escalators, underpasses and pathways.

Anand Vihar Rapid Rail station will connect Delhi metro’s Blue line and seven stations on Pink line which is under construction, the Anand Vihar ISBT and the intra-city railway station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, UPSRTC and subway facility for the pedestrians.

Moreover, cutting the travel time between Noida- Ghaziabad, New Ashok Nagar station will provide a short direct route to Noida-Dwarka  and Vaishali Ghaziabad.

Currently, Yamuna Bank station is the interchange to Noida and Vaishali but this New Ashok Nagar will provide a direct access to the destination. Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will be the first RRTS to be implemented in India.

The Budget for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut project is Rs 3,1902 crore with a deadline to be completed by 2024. Further, the Rapid Rail will be equipped with high speed and capacity, air conditioned and its station will be fitted with free Wi-Fi and high speed networking.

The work on the 16km Delhi leg of the 82km high-speed Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is finally picking up pace.

“The detailed design consultants for Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar stations are already preparing a master plan, which includes multi-modal integration, for both,” said Sudhir Kumar Sharma, the spokesperson of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is executing the project.

For Anand Vihar, the third station in the Delhi section, NCRTC will appoint a design-and-build consultant, Sharma added. The approximately 6km underground section will include Anand Vihar station.

The RRTS trains will cover the distance between Delhi and Meerut in less than an hour. The construction work on its 17km priority stretch between Duhai and Sahibabad has been already going on in full swing, said an NCRTC official. “While this section is expected to become operational by March 2023, the full corridor will be ready in March 2025. The construction work will soon be visible in the form of piers and viaducts in the priority section,” he added.

The Delhi stretch, which got delayed due to various reasons, includes the mega terminal at Sarai Kale Khan, the connecting point for the Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and the Delhi-Alwar corridors. Both Anand Vihar and New Ashok Nagar will also have interchange facilities with Delhi Metro. While Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar stations will be elevated, Anand Vihar will be underground as the area already has a railway and two metro stations, and a busy interstate bus terminal.

The costruction of the Duhai-Shatabdi Nagar (Meerut) and Sahibabad-Anand Vihar sections will be taken up simultaneously after the priority section, said Sharma. On the Delhi stretch, the underground section will be built first as train operations can’t start without connection with the depot at Duhai.

Tenders for the underground section will be floated by the first half of November and those for the elevated section in Delhi by the end of the year, said Sharma.