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Delhi–Meerut rapid rail transit system (RRTS), India [free access]

June 1, 2021

Key players: National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), a joint sector company of the national government and the state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, is the developer. NCRTC is currently accepting bids to appoint an operator for the project.


Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) has prepared the detailed project report (DPR).


Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) is providing technical assistance under a techno-commercial agreement signed in November 2017.


Project description: Development of India’s first rail-based, dedicated, high-speed, high-capacity, commuter service connecting Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut by 2025.


Background: The Delhi–Meerut RRTS will span 82.15 km (68.03 km elevated, 14.12 km underground) from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Modipuram in Uttar Pradesh, covering 22 stations (four underground, 18 elevated). The project was approved by the Government of India in February 2019. It will also offer interchange facilities for metro and inter-state bus terminals. Currently, track-laying works are underway.


Recent contracts awarded: The following contracts have been awarded:



Rolling stock: Bombardier Transportation has secured a USD340 million (EUR314 million) contract to supply, as well as provide maintenance services for the rolling stock to be deployed. The company will supply 30 six-car and 10 three-car trainsets as well as provide maintenance services for 15 years. The contract also includes an option to supply 90 additional railcars as well as provide maintenance services for two years.


Fare system: The EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa)-based open-loop automated fare collection (AFC) system is planned to be deployed. NCRTC also plans to deploy quick response (QR) code-based tickets (in physical format as well as on smartphones) and near field communication (NFC)-based ticketing on NFC-enabled devices.


Funding: The project is expected to cost USD3.75 billion. It will be funded by the New Development Bank (USD500 million), the Asian Development Bank (USD1.049 billion), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (USD500 million), the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (USD3 million), and the Government of India, the state governments of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, and other sources (USD1.707 billion).


In November 2020, NDB signed an agreement to provide a USD500 million loan for the project. The loan has a tenure of 25 years and a grace period of eight years. The proceeds of the loan will be used to procure rolling stock as well as signalling, telecommunication, and train control systems. Furthermore, the government of Uttar Pradesh has allocated INR13.26 billion to the project under its budget for FY2021–22.


Open tenders: NCRTC is accepting bids for the following tenders:



Recent developments:



(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.22 USD, 1 INR [Indian Rupee] = 0.01 USD)