The Duhai-Sahibabad priority stretch of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), spanning 17 kilometers, is set to commence operations by the last week of March, with a focus on being an environment-friendly and commuter-centric transport system, according to reports from PTI.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) plans to cover 70% of the total energy requirement of the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor through solar energy to reduce the carbon footprint.
“NCRTC aims to cover 70 per cent of the total energy requirement of the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor through solar energy. There will be solar panels at all elevated stations and depots. Once the RRTS corridor starts its operations, carbon credit would be generated due to savings in fuel and reduction in air pollution,” an NCRTC official told PTI.
NCRTC officials estimate that savings in fuel and reduction in air pollution would generate carbon credits during the operation of the RRTS corridor. The RRTS is a rail-based, high-speed, high-frequency, regional commute transit system that connects metropolitan and big cities, towns, and urban nodes across the National Capital Region.
According to NCRTC, the implementation of RRTS is an integral part of a “larger strategy to address the issues of congestion and pollution” in the region. It is part of the Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) for Air Pollution Control in Delhi and NCR and the recommendation of ‘High Powered Committee on Decongesting Traffic in Delhi’.