Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari flagged off the formal trial run of Nagpur Metro Rail from Chinchbhuvan to New Airport Station at noon today.
The Guardian Minister of Nagpur district Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Chairman of State Bank of India Arundhati Bhattacharya, were the guests of honour for the occasion. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Members of Parliament Ajay Sancheti, Krupal Tumane, Dr. Vikas Mahatme, were some of the dignitaries who graced the event.
Source: Nagpur Metro Rail
On the occasion of the trial run of the first phase of Nagpur Metro, Chief Minister Fadnavis also launched the ‘Maha Card’, a next generation Common Mobility Card for the city of Nagpur.
In April this year, A State Bank of India (SBI)-led consortium has won Mahametro's bid for providing common mobility card (CMC) for Metro Rail, feeder services and Nagpur Municipa Corporations's (NMC's) city buses. This has saved Mahametro Rs 280 crore over a ten period.
This common mobility card is a multipurpose card that the SBI would be providing the Nagpur Metro commuters once the commercial operation of the metro starts in December. The commuters using the CMC will not have to pay cash for buying tickets. Not only this but the CMC can be used as an ATM cum debit card.
SBI will incur the entire expenditure for providing the card to the commuters and the associated infrastructure. It will also maintain the system for next ten years. So, it’s a win-win situation for Mahametro, SBI, and commuters.
This smart card is beneficial not just for the bank and NMC, but also for the commuters. With the Maha Card, Mahametro will save money, SBI will get the lakhs of commuters as its clients and commuters will be saved from hassles of buying tickets every day.
The commercial operations of ‘Mazee Metro’ would most likely start by the end of this year. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of MMRCL, and his team are working hard to achieve this deadline.