‘Metro Rail will be engine of Nagpur’s growth’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 09:37:52


Special Correspondent,

Describing trial run of Nagpur Metro as “a historic moment for Nagpurians” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari flagged off the official trial run of Nagpur Metro for 5.6 kms at At-Grade section between South Airport Station to New Airport Station on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashmi. This is not merely a mode of transportation, but engine of Nagpur’s future growth, Fadnavis hoped.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of State Bank of India (SBI) and Dr. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) were present to witness this historic moment.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while congratulating NMRCL MD Dr. Dixit for completing the first phase of the Nagpur Metro Rail within just 27 months hoped that Metro Rail will give a new high to the orange city in economic sector. The proposed integrated transport mobility will decide the smartness of the city. The Nagpur Metro will change the scenario of the city as the project will create atleast 20,000 jobs in coming days. The transit oriented development (ToD) will pave way for the development along the metro corridor.

He congratulated lady driver Sumedha Meshram of Gondia for driving the trial of Nagpur Metro and proudly stated that Nagpur has always promoted women power. He also congratulated SBI for launching the Sarvatra Card- a mobility card of open loop and urged SBI chairperson to reduce the transaction charges from existing 4 percent. He promised SBI chairperson to give them business all over the Maharashtra including Mumbai.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping congratulated Dr. Dixit and his entire team for the quality construction work of the Nagpur Metro and for achieving milestone. I personally keep a close watch on your construction activity, Gadkari revealed and certified that entire work executed is flawless. Gadkari asked Nagpur Metro to extend its wings and connect Kamptee- Kanhan, Butibori, Hingna, and Kalmeshwar with its services in future.

The planning should start immediately so that these towns should be connected with city. He directed NMRCL to give job opportunities to Nagpurians in the metro services.
SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya, while addressing the gathering congratulated Nagpur for successfully completing the first phase of the Metro Rail. She said, the SBI has introduced ‘Sarvatra Card’- a mobility card which can be used for city bus services as well as Nagpur Metro. The card can further use for payment of utility bills too. She said, SBI has largest consumer network with crores of customers.

Dr. Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL in his introductory remarks described the trial run of Metro Rail as “dream come true for 35 lakh citizens of Nagpur.” The 5.6 kms trial run out of 38 kms connecting three stations was completed in 27 months only. Nagpur Metro is also working on Double Decker Flyover of 8 kms on Wardha road and Kamptee road. This will be world class state- of -art construction of flyover. Fadnavis and Gadkari launched Sarvatra Card and flagged off the Metro Rail in presence of thousands of people.

Rajya Sabha MP Vikas Mahatame, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Member of Parliament Sanjay Kakde, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Legislators Dr. Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohle, Sameer Meghe, Jogendra Kawade, Sudhir Parve, former MP Datta Meghe, MMRDA Additional Commissioner Praveen Darade (who had prepared DPR of Nagpur Metro Rail when he was NIT Chairman), Divisional Commissioner Dr. Anoop Kumar, NIT chief Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar, NMC Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal, Collector Sachin Kurve, and others were present on the dais. Earlier, the guests paid tributes to the passengers killed in stampede at Mumbai. Shweta Shelgaonkar compered the programme while Sunil Mathur, Director proposed vote of thanks.

Highlights of the project

Nagpur Metro had invited children from various schools, children from orphanages and students of Divyanjali School to witness the historic event.

The total length of the At-Grade section is 5.6 km and the land portion is 37.40 hectare.

The coaches for trial run were received from Hyderabad and Nagpur Metro plans to conduct a thorough testing of all associated facilities before opening it for citizens.

This coach depicts the Lavani folk dance that is intrinsically a part of the Maharashtrian culture.

The coach also includes livery depicting the orange fruit tree which has become synonymous to the city.

The coach also display Tiger and Eco-tourism, and solar energy.