ADB approves US$1bn loan for US$3.94bn Delhi–Meerut 160km/h rail
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$1bn loan to support construction of the Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).
The 82km Delhi–Meerut RRTS network will be the country’s fastest railway line, operating at up to 160km per hour, and is expected to have a total cost of US$3.94bn. The project is part of three priority rail projects in the country’s integrated transport network under the National Capital Region Plan 2021.
The RRTS will use advanced, high technology signalling systems based on latest standards and will have multimodal hubs to ensure smooth interchange with other transport modes. The design of the stations will consider the needs of the elderly, women, children, and differently abled.
Separate to the RRTS project, Indian Railways has also recently started construction of the World’s tallest pier bridge in Manipur, the North-East Frontier Railway zone of the Indian Railways network. The bridge which is being constructed across river Ijai near Noney is being seen as an engineering marvel at 141 metres tall. It will surpass the existing record of 139 meters of Mala – Rijeka viaduct that of Montenegro in Europe. The bridge is a part of Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new BG line project (111 Km). The total length of the bridge will be 703 meters and the piers are being constructed using hydraulic augers as the tall piers needed specially designed “slip-form technique” to ensure efficient and continual construction.