India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System will connect the capital city of Delhi with Meerut through Ghaziabad. The system will comprise six coach trains connecting the urban and sub-urban regions between Delhi and Meerut. The system is designed for 180 Km/h speed and will operate trains running at 160 Km/h. Bombardier India, the Indian subsidiary of the Canadian rail and aircraft manufacturer will supply the train sets for the project.
Bombardier has competed in the tender issues under the make in India banner. While the tender required that 75% of the order quantity be made in India, Bombardier has bid to manufactures 100% of the rolling stock in India at their Savli plant in Gujarat. The order will use 83% of components made in India.
The company has bid a price of INR 2,577 Crore (US$ 353 Million) to supply 30 train sets of six cars each and 10 train sets of three cars each. They will be designing, developing and manufacturing the trains in India. The bid also includes provision of maintenance support for 15 years.
The six car sets would be used for connecting Delhi with Meerut, while the three car sets would be used for local transit within Meerut. There is plan to develop two more similar RRTS in future which include Delhi – Gurugram – Shahajahanpur – Neemrana – Behror corridor and the Delhi – Panipat corridor.