Project Name Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Investment Project - Tranche 2
Project Number 51073-004
Country / Economy India
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 8410-IND: Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Investment Project (Tranche 2)
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank US$ 500.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Urban public transport

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The investment project will finance the first of three prioritized corridors of the planned regional rapid transit system (RRTS) network in India's National Capital Region (NCR). The Delhi-Meerut RRTS will pass through the densely populated sections of the NCR, connecting Delhi to Meerut in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The 82-kilometer corridor will provide safe, reliable, and high-capacity commuter transit services between various locations along the corridor. The investment project will finance rail track, signaling, station buildings, and maintenance facilities. It will also support capacity and institutional development of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), a joint venture company of the Government of India and states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, that is mandated to implement the RRTS project across the NCR. Tranche 2 will finance the second slice of the contract packages under the investment project.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Plans for transport arteries to enhance regional connectivity have become critical for inclusive and sustainable development of the NCR. The NCR Regional Plan 2021 recommends integrating regional centers with each other and the capital through an integrated transport network to reduce pressure on Delhi and induce growth and development of settlements in NCR. The Functional Plan 2032 was then developed to detail out the specific polices of the Regional Plan related to the transport sector. The Functional Plan, approved by the NCR Planning Board in November 2009, recommended an integrated multi-modal transportation system for NCR to improve the mobility of both people and goods. The plan specifically includes a proposal for the construction of eight regional rapid transit system corridors, three of which are being prioritized for implementation, to connect Delhi to other cities in the NCR with high-speed commuter trains. Strengthening of urban mass transit systems and increasing environmental sustainability of cities through the development of railways is recognized in the country partnership strategy of ADB for India. The development of rail-based mass transit systems is governed by three main policies: National Urban Transport Policy (2006), National Transit Oriented Development Policy (2015), and Metro Rail Policy (2017).

Urban mobility in the National Capital Region improved

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Efficiency, safety, social inclusiveness, and environmental sustainability of transport in the Delhi-Meerut regional rapid transit system (RRTS) corridor improved

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor commissioned

Institutional capacity of the NCRTC strengthened

Mobility and economic opportunities of women and differently abled improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location NCR
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services For consultancies financed by ADB, all consultant recruitment will be carried out using quality- and cost-based selection with an 90:10 ratio. Procurement of contracts to be financed from the project will be through open competitive bidding (international advertisement).
Procurement Procurement (including consulting services) to be financed by ADB will follow ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). ADB standard bidding documents for large works or plant (design, supply and install) with pre- or post-qualification will be adopted, with appropriate adaptations.
Responsible ADB Officer Sahu, Kaushal Kumar
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission (INRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
National Capital Region Transport Corporation
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 21 Sep 2021
Approval 03 Dec 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Dec 2022

LoanĀ 8410-IND

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Oct 2020 10 Mar 2022 08 Jun 2022 31 Dec 2027 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1,299.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 06 Sep 2023 0.00 484.62 97%
Counterpart 799.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 500.00 06 Sep 2023 0.00 268.00 54%
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