National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) officials informed on Saturday that Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) passengers traveling business class between Delhi and Meerut will now have access to “premium lounges”.
These premium lounges will be built in all “high speed” stations. These lounges will be reserved only for business class passengers traveling via RRTS.
The premium lounge will have a separate entrance on the platform of each station from where passengers can enter the train’s premium coach directly, the official confirmed.
The NCRTC is setting up India’s first RRTS, which is a “rail-based high-speed, high-frequency commuter regional transport system” between Delhi and Meerut.
“Each train will have a premium coach. The fare for business or premium class will be higher than the normal ticket. The premium lounge will be similar to airport lounges and will have all the facilities of business class,” an official said. from the NCRTC to the new agency. PTI.
The manager said the premium lounge will have a luxurious ambience, comfortable sofas, magazines, books, coffee and tea vending machines.
He added that only passengers traveling with a business class ticket will be allowed in the premium lounge.
“The idea is to provide the best facilities for passengers and meet the needs of those who want to spend more for some luxury facilities. Installing premium services at RRTS will attract more passengers,” the official said.
RRTS trains will have a standard class as well as a premium class (one coach per train), as well as a dedicated commuter coach.
The premium class coach will be more spacious and have reclining seats.
These premium cars of the RRTS trains will be accessible via a special lounge at the platform level.
“The fare for the two classes has not yet been decided,” the official quoted above said.
According to officials, the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor will have an Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system and QR code tickets for commuters.
Commuters will use QR code tickets that can be digitally generated on an NCRTC mobile app or its website.
Modern RRTS trains will have ergonomically designed 2×2 transverse padded seats, ample standing space, luggage racks, CCTV cameras, laptop/mobile charging facility, dynamic route maps, a automatically controlled ambient lighting system.
These trains also have an optimized aisle width with grab handles and rails for comfortable travel for standing passengers.
The 17 km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai is expected to be commissioned by 2023 and the full corridor by 2025.
The first train of this “high-speed rail” was handed over to the NCRTC by Alstom India at its manufacturing plant in Savli, Vadodara district, Gujarat earlier this month.
Officials said they will be the fastest trains in India as they have a design speed of 180 km/h and an operational speed of 160 km/h. These RRTS trains will have an average speed of 100 km/h.