As RAPIDX will connect Delhi to industrial cities and suburbs of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the Rapid Regional Transit System (RRTS), which is expected to reach speeds of 180 km/h, will be used for off-peak cargo transportation. The depots will have storage halls and different trains can be used to transport goods.
Vinay Kumar Singh, chief executive of NCRTC, which is running the project, said: “Off-peak ridership would be low, allowing us to use the time to move cargo, including perishable goods.”
Singh said two studies had been conducted and they had shown interesting and encouraging results. “A lot of money has been invested in the project and we must use all the earning opportunities. But even if we don’t make any money, moving goods will help clear roads and reduce smoke and pollution,” Singh said.
The NCRTC executive said that RAPIDX would also help the logistics sector indirectly. “People will be
“We are able to move around the capital region seamlessly and quickly as RAPIDX covers 90 km in one hour,” said Singh. “A doctor from Delhi may currently be reluctant to travel to Meerut for a two-hour hospital stay as he will spend six hours on the journey. When RAPIDX goes live, the quality of doctors available in Meerut can suddenly change.”
NCRTC plans depots with warehouses and other cargo handling facilities. This allows for easy movement of goods between NCR’s suburban cities. On the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut route, warehouses will be set up at Modipuram in Meerut, Duhai in Ghaziabad and Jangpura in Delhi.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is expected to be operational in 2025 and the decision on cargo traffic will be made after passenger traffic has started on the entire corridor. A 17 km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot with five stations is expected to be commissioned soon.
Delhi-Gurgaon-SNB-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat are the other two corridors that will bridge the gap between Delhi and the industrial, educational and hospitality hubs of Haryana and Rajasthan. The former will be built in three stages, with a 107 km route from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to SNB Urban Complex (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror) in the first stage, followed by SNB to Sotanala (33.3 km) with Shahjahanpur, Neemrana and Behror in between and the extension of the SNB to Alwar (58 km) in the third stage.
The Delhi-Panipat Corridor runs northwest from Delhi and connects Delhi to Murthal, Gannaur, Samalkha and Panipat in Haryana.