Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off a 13.5 km phase of the Nagpur Metro through video-conferencing on Thursday (7 March) evening, reports Business Standard.
MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit on Tuesday (5 March) informed that the commercial run on the route, comprising five stations from Khapri to Sitabuldi, will start from 8 March.
The work on the Nagpur Metro network started in June 2015. It consists of two corridors with a total length of 38 km. The two corridors will have 38 stations, two depots and a fleet of 69 metro cars, including a “nari-shakti” women’s coach in each train, Dixit said.
“It will be the greenest metro in the country with 65 per cent of its electricity consumption from solar energy,” Dixit was quoted in the report as saying.
The rides on the metro on the first day of its operation on 8 March will be free for the commuters, he said.
He, further, infomed that even before the start of passenger operations, Rs 132.51 crore has been earned by the Nagpur Metro from the stamp duty and other Rs 6.87 crore has come from transfer of developmental rights.