Second section of rapid rail begins its trial runs

  • | Tuesday | 12th December, 2023

Ghaziabad: The NCR Transport Corporation has commenced trial runs on a 12-km section of the rapid rail corridor between Duhai and Meerut South, the second section of the Delhi-Meerut corridor to be completed.Together with the 17-km priority section from Sahibabad to Duhai that was opened earlier this year, trains can technically now operate on 29 km of the 82 km corridor.However, commercial operations will remain restricted to the priority section through the first half of 2024.The second section may be opened for passenger services once the 25km corridor up to Meerut South is ready, which is likely only by next August, officials said. So far, the viaduct and track between Duhai and Meerut South has been laid, while work on electric overhead equipment (OHE) is on between Modinagar South and Meerut South.Trial run has commenced from Duhai to Modinagar South, which is a 12-km stretch. Before the trials, the electric OHE was charged with 25KV from the Muradnagar receiving sub-station (RSS) to Modinagar South, an NCRTC official said.According to the official, the last span of the viaduct at Meerut South was installed in June. Subsequently, works like laying the track, overhead equipment installation, signalling and telecom commenced in the section.The Muradnagar RSS, which has a capacity of 50MW, will power the four stations — Muradnagar, Modinagar North, Modinagar South, and Meerut South. It will also be used as a backup for the priority section and Duhai depot.Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Namo Bharat train in the 17-km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot on October 20. The NCRTC had then said within six months, the 25-km stretch of the corridor will be included while the entire 82-km corridor from Sarai Kale Khan to Modipuram depot will be ready by March 2025.We also published the following articles recentlyNamo Bharat trials to reach Modinagar in fortnight, Meerut south by January-endThe NCRTC is ready to begin trials of the Duhai-Modinagar South section of the RRTS project, known as Namo Bharat. The entire project, including the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, is committed to being finished by 2025. The RRTS network aims to reduce journey time with high-speed and high-frequency operations. The chosen technology will allow non-stop journeys of 100 km in under 45-50 minutes. The network will also ensure seamless integration with other modes of transportation.Second four-lane section of Zuari bridge may open by ChristmasThe load-testing of the second four-lane section of the new Zuari bridge was completed successfully. Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, is expected to inaugurate this section between December 22 and 24. The first phase of the bridge was opened by Gadkari in December 2022. With the completion of load-testing, the second four-lane section is now fully ready for vehicular traffic.Vi partners EaseMyTrip, adds new travel section to appTelecom provider Vodafone-Idea partners with EaseMyTrip to offer exclusive travel deals to Vi customers on the Vi App, including flights, hotels, trains, buses, and cab bookings. Vi already offers services like Vi Music, Vi Games, Vi Jobs & Education, and VI Movies & TV on the Vi app. As part of the partnership, users will have access to zero convenience fees on flight bookings and exclusive benefits on travel-related services. The partnership aims to provide convenience and the best offers for Vi users, making travel bookings more delightful.

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