National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC)

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently released recommendations on ‘Spectrum Requirements of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for Train Control System for RRTS Corridors’.

What is NCRTC?

  • The NCRTC is a joint partnership institution between the Central Government and the participating states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and the NCT of Delhi.
  • It works under the administrative control of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Objective: It is mandated for implementing the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project across the NCR of India, ensuring a balanced and sustainable urban development through better connectivity and access.
  • Institutional Setup:
    • NCRTC was formally incorporated on 21st August, 2013 as a Company under the Company Act, 1956.
    • As a joint partnership project between the Center and the States, NCRTC would have one nominated Director each from the participating States, and four nominee Directors from the Government of India.
    • The Secretary (UD) is the ex-officio Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Managing Director, a nominee of MoUD. NCRTC also has the flexibility of forming separate subsidiary companies for implementing specific projects.

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)

  • National capital region (NCR) is a multi-state region with the National Capital as its centre. This region, spread over an area of about 55,083 sq. kms. , comprises the entire National Capital territory of Delhi and some parts of the neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), in order to enhance the connectivity within the NCR, has proposed to connect urban, industrial (SEZs/industrial parks), regional and sub-regional centres through a fast rail based Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).
  • The objective of this system is to reduce dependence of commuters on road-based transportation.


Q1) How is RRTS different from Metro?

RRTS is different from conventional railway as it will provide reliable, high frequency, point-to-point regional travel at high speed along a dedicated pathway. It is also different from metro as it aims to travel relatively longer distances with fewer stops at a higher speed.

Source: TRAI releases recommendations on ‘Spectrum Requirements of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for Train Control System for RRTS Corridors’