India has entered into a techno-commercial agreement with Spain’s Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) for receiving specific technical advice on track, signalling, rolling stock safety, station design etc for construction of the three Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors – Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Alwar, official sources said.
An Indo-Spanish technical cooperation (government to government) agreement has been signed. This agreement will provide an institutional mechanism for mutual cooperation in the field of urban transport and especially in the implementation of RRTS project.
The agreement will enable availability of technical advice on specific issues, besides providing training and collaboration in the technical areas of Track, Signalling, Rolling Stock, Safety, Multimodal integration, station design etc.
RRTS, first of its kind project in India, with a design speed of 180 KMpH will use state of the art technologies for track structure, rolling stock and signalling system. Expertise and experience in India on these technologies for higher speeds being limited, International expertise will be tapped for efficient implementation of the project, operation of the system and developing capacity in the country.
The significance of RRTS: RRTS will significantly reduce the travel time between important NCR towns. On completion, RRTS will emerge as the fastest, comfortable and safe mode of transport in NCR.
RRTS consists of three corridors viz., Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat sections with a total length of 380 KM.
Implementation: National Capital Region Transport Corporation, a Joint Venture of Government of India and State Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, is mandated to design, construct, operate & maintain rail based Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).