Delhi-Meerut RRTS: 1.5-km-long tunnel from Anand Vihar to New Ashok Nagar built
There will be a cross-passage approximately every 250 metres in the underground sections for the safety of passengers in case of any emergency.
The tunnelling work for the country's first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) has moved into the next phase with the construction of an around-1.5-km-long tunnel from Anand Vihar to New Ashok Nagar, according to an official statement.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is implementing India's first Regional Rapid Transit System between Delhi and Meerut.
The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is 82 km long, of which 14 km is in Delhi. The Delhi section has four stations -- Jangpura, Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar and Anand Vihar -- with only Anand Vihar station being underground.
Two 'Sudarshan' tunnel boring machines are in operation to construct two three-km-long parallel tunnels from Anand Vihar station towards New Ashok Nagar.
Out of this, the first Sudarshan 4.1 has already bored 1.5 km tunnel to date, while the second Sudarshan 4.2 has also constructed about one kilometre of tunnel so far.
To retrieve these Sudarshan machines, after the completion of the construction of the tunnels, a retrieving shaft has been built near the New Ashok Nagar station, from where the corridor gets elevated.
The tunnel segments are being manufactured at NCRTC's casting yard. Due to the large rolling stock and a high design speed of 180 mph, the width of RRTS tunnels is being constructed as 6.5 metre diameter, the statement said.
Compared to the Metro systems, this is for the first time that a tunnel of such a large size is being constructed in the country.
For the movement of trains in the underground parts of RRTS, two parallel tunnels are being built. Along with this, provision has also been made for various security measures to ensure the safety of passengers. There will be a cross-passage approximately every 250 metres in the underground sections for the safety of passengers in case of any emergency.
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