The Nagpur Metro, which opened for passengers on Friday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 13.5 km phase of the service through video conferencing a day earlier, is a remarkable project with several firsts.
Comprising five stations from Khapri to Sitabuldi in the first phase, the Nagpur Metro will generate 65 percent of its energy requirement from solar energy and will raise 60 percent of its revenue from non-fare box.
The project, for which the Prime Minister laid the foundation on August 21, 2014, has also devised effective multi-modal integration. The Maha Metro has constructed National Highway and Metro on same pillars, thus resulting in very efficient use of right of way and cost reduction.
The project also uses 5D-BIM System for efficient time, material and finance management.
Apart from cutting down on costs through innovations; it has constructed world-class stations with 20-storeyed building at Zero Mile Station.
With the inauguration of 13.5 km Nagpur Metro, Nagpur has become India’s 18th city to have a metro rail system.
According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, within the next few days India will have a total metro network of nearly 650 kms; out of this 400+ kms have been made operational in the last four and half years.