PM Modi likely to launch first rapid rail next week; Women pilots may drive the train

NEW DELHI: India’s first Rapid Rail train, known as the RAPIDX is likely to be inaugurated next week. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the first train on the 17-km priority corridor in Ghaziabad.

The first train may be operated by women pilots as well, which will also be the first in the country. The likely inauguration schedule falls during the holy Navratri celebration when “shakti” (women) is worshipped.

The priority corridor between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot has been ready for commercial operation of the trains for more than 4-5 months.

Sources told TOI that on this occasion, the NCR Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is implementing the project between Delhi and Meerut, will also launch its mobile app “RAPIDX CONNECT” and the indigenously built platform screen corridor will be launched virtually. The NCRTC is likely to showcase the upcoming Sarai Kale Khan terminus in Delhi, which will be the central station for all future Regional Rail Train System (RRTS) corridors to connect Panipat and Alwar.

The entire Delhi-Meerut RAPIDX, which is 82 km long network, is scheduled for becoming operational by 2025.

Meanwhile, Union minister General V K Singh took a ride on the RAPIDX and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is also likely to review the corridor later this week.

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