India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled | UPSC

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India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled | UPSC

India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

First Look of India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled

      WHY IN NEWS:

  • Entire Rolling Stock to be Manufactured at a Gujarat Plant
  • Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor – Prioritised Corridor
MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Transport

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS go through the train specification . Though it has a less priority but you have to consume this . RRTS will be in news for a while now .

      ISSUE: 

RRTS will reduce the travel time from Delhi to Meerut by 1/3rd

REGIONAL RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM (RRTS)

India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled | UPSC

  • RRTS is a new, dedicated, high speed, high capacity, comfortable commuter service connecting regional nodes in NCR.
  • RRTS is different from conventional Railway .

RRTS it will provide reliable, high frequency, point to point regional travel at high speed along dedicated path way.

  • RRTS is different from metro as it caters to passengers looking to travel relatively longer distance with fewer stops and at higher speed.

RRTS TRAIN UPSC

  • INCREASED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY : A fast, convenient and affordable mode of transport such as the RRTS has the potential to completely change the patterns of movement and development across the region.
  • BALANCED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT : Improved connectivity leading to greater economic activity in the NCR would lead to a balanced economic development across the region.
  • IMPROVED ACCESS : The RRTS would open up new markets and opportunities for people across commute distances which appear infeasible today.

TRAVEL COST AND TIME : A faster mobility option in the form of the RRTS would free up people’s time for more productive activities.

  • REDUCED ENERGY USE : Rail based transport is the most efficient form of surface transport.
  • EASING OF ROAD CONGESTION : A rapid rail transit system can ferry a much larger number of people per hour than almost any other mode of transport.
  • IMPROVED SAFETY : The RRTS has best in class command and control systems, would offer a safe and reliable transport option for movement across the NCR.

PRODUCTION

  • The prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022 and will be put into public use after extensive trials.
  • NCRTC will procure 30 train sets of 6 cars each for operating regional rail services on the entire corridor.
  • 10 train sets of 3 cars each for operating local transit services in Meerut will be ordered.

The entire rolling stock for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will be manufactured at Bombardier’s Savli plant in Gujarat.

FEATURES FOR PASSENGERS

  • RRTS train coaches will have transverse 2×2 seats.
  • Optimized width with grab handles and rails for a comfortable journey for standing passengers.
  • Overhead luggage rack, mobile/laptop charging sockets, adequate leg room and on board Wi-Fi.
  • Double glazed, tempered large safety glass windows that offer passengers a panoramic view of the outside.
  • Equipped with public announcement & display system, dynamic route map display, infotainment display etc
  • The train is designed for modern visual and audio announcements which orient passenger with information about next stop, final destination, etc.

India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled | UPSC

  • Automatic plug-in type wide doors reducing air-friction and noise.
  • CCTV, fire & smoke detector, fire extinguisher and door indicator.
  • Universally accessible- Dedicated wheelchair space located near to the train doorway for easy access.

Proven light weight and compact propulsion system with high reliability and performance requirements.
 

  • Innovative Train Control Monitoring System (TCMS) technology, as well as its predictive and condition-based monitoring features.
  • The train can undergo given the maximum operational speed of 160kmph and stations at every 5-10km.

Trains would run under Automatic Train Operation (ATO) to provide smooth ride with precise stopping accuracy. 

  • These modern trains will have push buttons for selective opening of doors on need basis.
  • This eliminates the requirement of opening all doors at every station, thus leading to energy saving.
  • RRTS trains will also have business class (one coach per train) with spacious, comfortable and reclining seats.
  • A food automatic vending machine will be installed in the business coach.
  • One coach in every train will be reserved for women passengers as well.
  • Given the high-speed train operations, all RRTS stations will have Platform Screen Doors (PSDs) for safety of the passengers.

ABOUT NCRTC

  • NCRTC is a joint venture of the Government of India (50%) and State Governments of Haryana (12.5%), NCT Delhi (12.5%), Uttar Pradesh (12.5%) and Rajasthan (12.5%).

It is mandated to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain RRTS in NCR. 

  • It works under the administrative control of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, GOI.
  • NCRTC is mandated to implement India’s first RRTS in NCR.

HISTORY

  • The Planning Commission formed a Task Force in 2005 under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).
  • The task force developed a plan of multi modal transit system for Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).

This was included in the Integrated Transport Plan for NCR 2032 with special emphasis on RRTS connecting regional centres.

  • The Task Force identified 8 corridors and prioritised three corridors namely Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi- Alwar for implementation.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The corridor will bring down the travel time between Delhi to Meerut by around 1/3rd.
  • The commute time from Delhi to Meerut will be reduced to less than an hour from 3-4 hours by road at present.

Infrastructure is one of the five pillars of AtmaNirbhar Bharat envisioned by our Hon’ble Prime Minister.

  • It is a matter of great pride that these high-speed commuter trains for RRTS are entirely being manufactured under ‘Make in India’ policy.
SUGGESTED READING : https://ncrtc.in/rrts-background/ 
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | India’s First RRTS Train Unveiled | UPSC

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