Vice President of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr Shixin Chen, on his one-day visit, inaugurated ‘अपरिमित’, the Centre of Innovation established at the Duhai Depot. He along with Mr Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC, and other senior officials of ADB also visited various construction sites of the 82-km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor.
Mr Chen appreciated various efforts being taken by NCRTC for Multi-modalintegration(MMI) while visiting Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar Station. Following the core principle of MMI, these stations are designed to be seamlessly connected with other existing modes of public transport, which will create a vast network of networks, to ensure better ridership and long-term sustainability, required for these highly capital-intensive projects.
VP, ADB also saw the functioning of ‘Sudarshan’ (Tunnel Boring Machine) at Anand Vihar, where at present three TBMs are boring tunnels. This station is strategically located near the existing transport modes for ease of movement of commuters. The dignitaries acknowledged the efforts of NCRTC for overcoming all the challenges by using new-age technologies, strategic planning, and innovative methods.
During the visit, Mr Chen inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Innovation, ‘अपरिमित’ which has been supported by grants from ADB’s Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund. NCRTC is using advanced technologies like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Building Information Modeling etc. for operational efficiency as well as training purposes. The innovation centre will bring in the latest technologies for the design, development, and operations of RRTS corridors.
Mr Vinay Kumar Singh said, “With ADB as our trusted partner, NCRTC has not only planned and is implementing Customer-Centric Projects but continues to lead to overall capacity development in the field of Urban transport. The economic, social, and environmental impact of RRTS is going to be long-lasting, and adoption of new age technologies by NCRTC will play an important role in it.”
By harnessing innovative digital technologies, NCRTC aims to improve operative adeptness, streamline and enhance engagement with users, and make the organisation more agile and responsive to the ever-changing industry dynamics. These advanced technologies will not only revolutionize the training process but will ensure that the team is technologically at par with peers globally. The partnership between NCRTC and ADB is in line with ADB’s commitment to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.