Nagpur Metro flagged off by PM Modi
The route will be opened for passengers from March 8.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a 13.5-km phase of the Nagpur Metro on the evening of March 7, through video-conferencing.
Dr Brijesh Dixit, MD, Maha Metro, said the route, comprising five stations from Khapri to Sitabuldi, will be opened for passengers on March 8. He added that rides on the metro on its first day of operation will be free for commuters.
"It will be the greenest metro in the country with 65% of its electricity consumption from solar energy."
The Nagpur Metro network, work on which started in June 2015, consists of two corridors with a total length of 38 kms. The two corridors will have 38 stations, two depots, and a fleet of 69 metro cars, including a special ‘nari shakti’ women's coach in each train, Dixit said.
"It will be the greenest metro in the country with 65% of its electricity consumption from solar energy," he informed.
The Prime Minister said metro connectivity in the country has expanded by 400 kms since 2014 when his government took charge at the centre.
He said work on 800 kms of metro lines is currently in progress in different parts of the country, adding that projects of rapid transport systems have created employment opportunities.