Bombardier Transportation, which won the rolling stock contract for the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), will start delivering the coaches from April 2022 onwards, a year before a priority section of the project is targeted to be commissioned, Vinay Kumar Singh, managing director of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), said.
“The contract had a provision for 75% local manufacturing, but now it has been decided that the entire rolling stock will be manufactured at Bombardier’s manufacturing unit in Savli, near Vadodara, Gujarat,” he told ET in an exclusive interaction. “The local content is more than 80% in these train sets.”
The global mobility solutions giant had in May won a Rs 2,500-crore contract to supply 40 train sets for the corridor.
Singh said these train sets would be a first of their kind where both design and construction take place in India. The first look of these train sets will be unveiled on Friday.
NCRTC is a joint venture company of the Centre and states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, mandated to implement the RRTS project across the National Capital Region (NCR).
The Delhi-Meerut project will be made operational in phases, with the 17-km Sahibabad to Duhai section targeted to be complete in March 2023. The entire 82-km corridor will be open for public by 2025.
“We do not expect any delays in the project, construction in the priority section is on at full swing,” Singh said.
While construction has begun, labour availability on sites is around 50% at present due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is being built at a cost of Rs 30,274 crore. Of this, 20% is borne by Centre, 3.22% by Delhi, and 16.78% by Uttar Pradesh. The rest 60% would be raised through multilateral funding.
The transit system aims to help decongest Delhi-NCR roads and improve regional connectivity. The trains are expected to reduce travel time from Delhi to Meerut to less than 60 minutes and daily expected ridership is around 800,000 passengers.