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RAPIDX: India’s 1st Rapid Rail Train Inaugurated by PM Modi

RAPIDX-NaMo Bharat is India’s first semi-high-speed regional rail service project.

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Discover the highlights of PM Modi’s grand inauguration of RAPIDX, a transformative initiative aimed at empowering every citizen of India.

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Introduction

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Trains on 20 October 2023. This is a part of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Corridor.

Opening Date of RAPIDEX

The 17-kilometer priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor is set to open for passengers on October 21, which is a Saturday.

Prime Minister’s Interaction

During the inauguration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the chance to interact with school children and the crew of the RapidX train called NaMo Bharat. This train connects Sahibabad to Duhai Depot.

Onboard the RAPIDEX

The Prime Minister spent time onboard the train, talking to the crew and the students. It must have been an exciting experience for everyone involved!

The Route of RAPIDEX

The RapidX train will run between Delhi and Meerut on the RRTS corridor. The first section of the corridor, from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot, has five stations: Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot.

Coaches and Seats of RAPIDEX

Each RapidX train will have six coaches, including a special premium coach. One coach will be reserved just for women. The seats in the coaches are numbered, and there are also reserved seats for women, people with disabilities, and senior citizens.

Inside the train, there are 407 seats arranged in a 2×2 layout. If all the seats are taken, there is still room for 1,061 passengers to stand. Each seat has an overhead rack for bags, and there is free Wi-Fi on the train. Plus, every seat has its own charging station!

Corridors Being Developed

The RRTS project will develop a total of eight corridors. In phase I, three corridors are being constructed: Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut (82 km), Delhi-Gurugram-SNB-Alwar (164 km), and Delhi-Panipat (103 km). In the future, more corridors will be developed, including Delhi-Faridabad-Ballabgarh-Palwal, Ghaziabad-Khurja, Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Ghaziabad-Hapur, and Delhi-Shahadra-Baraut.

How is RRTS Different?

Compared to metros, the RRTS network is faster. It’s perfect for people who need to travel longer distances across the NCR in a short amount of time.

When compared to regular railways, the RRTS train covers smaller distances. However, it runs at a higher frequency and provides more comfort than the average railway coach.

The RRTS system is inspired by similar systems in other countries, like the RER in Paris, Regional-Express trains in Germany and Austria, and the SEPTA Regional Rail in the United States.

Overall, this is an important step towards improving transportation in the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut region. The RRTS Corridor will make it easier and faster for people to travel between these cities.

So, get ready for the RapidX train, India’s first rapid rail train! It’s going to make traveling between Delhi and Meerut a breeze.

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