Delhi-Meerut RRTS: RAPIDX To Have Reserved Coach For Women; See Pics | Railways News

India’s first regional rail, RAPIDX, will have a dedicated women’s coach on every train for ensuring safe and comfortable travel for women. As per the coach combination, moving in the direction from Delhi to Meerut, the second coach of the trainset, i.e. just after the premium coach, will be the women’s coach. Whereas while moving to Delhi from Meerut, it will be the second last coach of the train, i.e. just before the premium coach.

Talking about this facility, an official informed that “Proper signage is being provided for identification of these women coaches at the platform level and on the train door openings. This reserved coach will have 72 seating capacity. Additional 10 seats are also reserved for women in other coaches of the train”.

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He further noted that “NCRTC, since its inception, has been working tirelessly to improve accessibility and ensure secure and smooth travel for women through RAPIDX. The provision of a dedicated women’s coach is one such step in this direction. Apart from this, the provision of reserved seats has also been provided in other coaches on the train as well”.

Also, considering the convenience of commuters travelling with young children, a diaper-changing station has also been made at every station integrated with other public transport modes.

In every RAPIDX train, a train attendant will also be deputed who will play an important role in acquainting the commuters with the facilities available in the train and ensuring their safe and secure commute. The official stated that the passenger will be stationed in the Premium coach and will assist the commuters in need.

“NCRTC wants to create an environment where women feel secure travelling in the public mode of transport, whether alone or with a companion. To ensure this, CCTV cameras are being installed in and around the station premises for 24×7 monitoring and security personnel are being deployed to monitor various movements and to enhance safety,” the official statement read.

Platform Screen Doors (PSD) at every station, dedicated space for wheelchairs/stretchers in the train and lifts at every station, which can also accommodate stretchers are a few of the various measures taken by NCRTC for the security and comfort of commuters. The official stated that well-lit pedestrian-friendly paths, lifts/escalators, seating areas and other commuter-centric amenities will further facilitate universal access at the stations.

To make the end-to-end journeys of commuters safe and reliable well-lit dedicated station pick-up and drop areas have been created on the stations. In addition, NCRTC has tied up with third-party First/Last providers for easy accessibility and door-to-door travel of commuters.

As per the official statement, “Safety has coloured most of the decisions for the people of this stretch of NCR. Combined with the lack of proper means of transportation, the people have been deprived of opportunities and amenities despite being a neighbouring urban node to National Capital. Women especially have borne the brunt of this. The opening of these women-oriented facilities will bring significant advancements and opportunities, empowering women in numerous ways”.

“The RAPIDX is designed to cater to the diverse needs of all sections of society, including women. Safety and convenience are women’s biggest and most important concerns while travelling. Hence, since its inception, NCRTC has focussed on RAPIDX to be a gender-inclusive public transport system. It is going to be a game-changer for women as it will empower them through improved access to employment, education, healthcare, and economic opportunities and will provide seamless and fast connectivity,” the statement further read.

NCRTC is targeting to commission the entire 82-km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut for the public by 2025. Before that, it will operationalise a 17-km long Priority Section between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot very soon, including 5 stations.

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