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Alstom delivers India’s first semi high-speed regional train for Delhi-Meerut RRTS project

By Rahul Kamat,

Added 07 May 2022

100% Made-in-India at Alstom’s factory in Savli (Gujarat), the first train has been delivered in less than a year of commencing production

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Alstom has successfully delivered India’s first semi high-speed regional train for National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC), 82.5 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Phase 1.

The rollout ceremony was held at Alstom’s manufacturing unit at Savli in Gujarat, in the presence of Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India (who joined virtually), Manoj Joshi, Chairman – NCRTC and Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India, Vinay Kumar Singh, MD – NCRTC, and Alain SPOHR, Managing Director, Alstom India.

Designed and built to move passengers at 180 kmph, these trains are expected to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut by 40%. These semi-high-speed aerodynamic trains are energy-efficient, designed to offer top-notch comfort and safety features for a premium passenger experience for commuters, including those specially abled.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India, said, “It is a proud moment for all of us to witness the rollout of the RRTS trainset, which is a true manifestation of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of an ‘Aatmanirbhar India’."

"Our trains and ETCS Signalling systems will ensure safer and seamless intercity commute, benefitting millions of people and contributing towards socio-economic development. Delivering the first train within a year of commencing production reinstates Alstom’s commitment to revolutionize India’s rail networks," said  Alain SPOHR, Managing Director, Alstom India. 

Manoj Joshi, Chairman – NCRTC and Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of India said “I am extremely happy to witness the rolling out of the first RRTS trainset, today. With its extensive experience in delivering world-class sustainable mobility solutions globally, Alstom has contributed significantly to making this project a reality. As a mechanical engineer myself, I'm impressed to see the advanced facilities set up here by Alstom."

Designed at Alstom’s Hyderabad engineering centre and manufactured at Savli (Gujarat), these trains are 100% indigenous, in line with the government’s Make-in-India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat ambition. The propulsion systems and electricals are manufactured at the company’s factory in Maneja (Gujarat). The Savli unit produces bogies, and car bodies and undertakes train testing. Alstom’s unit has also successfully delivered trains for Delhi Metro, and Queensland Rail and is currently producing metro trains for Kanpur & Agra cities.

 

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