PM to Launch ‘Namo Bharat’, India’s 1st Semi-High Speed Regional Rail Service

New Delhi: India’s first semi-high-speed regional rail service, RapidX, was renamed NaMo Bharat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the train.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a RapidX train connecting Sahibabad and Duhai Depot stations will be inaugurated by the PM marking the launch of the RRTS in India.

The RRTS will provide high-speed trains for intercity commuting every 15 minutes, which can go up to a frequency of every five minutes according to requirement, the PMO said.

The Congress criticized the renaming of the train. “After Namo stadium now Namo trains. There is simply no limit to his self-obsession,” Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X.

The 17-km priority section of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor is slated to be opened for passengers on October 21, a day after its inauguration.

CCTV cameras, an emergency door-opening mechanism and a button to communicate with a train operator are among the safety features of this train.

The entire 82.15 km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS is targeted to be operational by June 2025.

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