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Ghaziabad district administration approves resumption of major infra projects

Work has commenced at the casting yard in Vasundhara

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The Ghaziabad district administration has given permission of starting construction work for major infrastructure projects--Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) and Delhi-Meerut Expressway.

The permissions follow guidelines from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that allowed for construction activities that followed social distancing norms and had labourers on site (called in-situ construction activities) from 4 May 2020.

Presently, work has commenced at the casting yard in Vasundhara. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has already started work for 17km priority stretch of the project that connects Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut over a stretch of 82 km.

In another major development, NCRTC has also finalised bids for procurement of rolling stock of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor under the Make in India initiative.

The rolling stock will be 30 trains of six coaches each for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor and another set of 10 trains having three coaches each for Metro-like train services in Meerut. The supply cost will be about Rs 1,560 crore (excluding taxes) and the first train will be supplied in 2022.

The train sets will be manufactured by Bombardier Transportation India at their Savli plant in Gujarat. The winning bid offered to manufacture 100 percent of the rolling stock using 83 percent local content.

The rolling stock will be the first of its kind in the country with a design speed of 180 km per hour. The trains will be designed with high-acceleration and high-deceleration component.The trains will also have automatic plug-in type doors reducing air-friction and noise.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has started work on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project at Vijay Nagar under Phase-II (UP-Gate to Dasna) and Phase-IV stretch from Dasna to Meerut.

The entire project was to get complete by May 2020,but likely to be delayed by about six months due to the lockdown and the upcoming monsoon season.

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