The Nagpur Metro project achieved a major feat on September 30 when after 27 months of being launched it became the fastest Metro project to reach the trial stage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Nagpur Metro Rail project and the trial runs were flagged off by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on September 30. The project was initiated in 2015 and the first two phases are scheduled to be completed by 2023.
Here is all you need to know about the Nagpur Metro project.
The project costing Rs 8,860 crore comprises two Metro corridors – east-west and north-south. The combined length of the two Metro corridors is a little over 39 km. The total number of stations in the first two alignments corridors will be 33. The north-south section with 16 stops will operate between Automotive Square and Khapri and the east-west section with 18 stops will run between Prajapati Nagar and Lokmanya Nagar. The two lines will intersect at the interchange station of Sitaburdi.
Targets and Why Nagpur Metro
Nagpur is the third largest city in the state of Maharashtra and the 13th largest urban conglomeration in the country. The population in Nagpur Metro Region is around 35 lakh according to survey and estimation done by Nagpur Metro. The project catering to Nagpur–the Orange City and Tiger Capital of India–aims to create 2 lakh jobs. Apart from transit-oriented development, the project aims to reduce the number of vehicles that ply on roads and also bring down air pollution in the city. It aims to reduce average travel time of commuters by around 50 per cent.
On September 30, the the first trial run was conducted on a 5.6 km section between Mihan area and Khapri station. The trial was carried at the ground level (at-grade section). The Nagpur Metro will carry out trial runs for at least a period of two months and after sustained successful trials, the project will move forward. After all safety standards are met and verified, the Commissioner of Railway Safety will grant the final safety certification that is mandatory for commercial operation.
Funding for the project
The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has drawn funding from several channels at the state, Centre and international level for the Rs 8,860 crore project. The Nagpur Metro Rail project has received around 20 per cent funding from the Centre and an equal investment from the Maharashtra government, Nagpur Municipal Corporation provided around 5 per cent as did the Nagpur Improvement Trust. As much as Rs 4,000 crore has come from German-government owned development bank KFW. Rs 600 crore has come from French development agency AFD.
Connection to satellite towns
In future phases, the Nagpur Metro will be extended to satellite cities like Kanhan, Hingana and Buttibori.
‘Engine of growth’
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while flagging off the trials on Vijayadashami, described the event as historic and dubbed the Metro project as an engine of growth for Nagpur’s future development. The project was envisaged as part of Nagpur’s transit oriented development (ToD) for economic, commercial and residential.