If all goes well then the commercial operations of Nagpur Metro's at grade stretch will begin by December, making it the fastest in the country after Lucknow Metro.
Earlier, Lucknow Metro's 8.5 km stretch was made operational in 36 months.
While Nagpur Metro's 5.4 km stretch is made operational in 27 months, it will take another six months to complete another 5 to 6 km stretch.
The first official trial run of Nagpur Metro is already scheduled for September 30. Now as per the claims made by Nagpur Metro's managing director, Brijesh Dixit, the commercial operations of the first phase of Nagpur Metro will start by December end.
"We have so far spent Rs2,000 crore. This amount was received from central government, state government and lending agencies KfW and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)," Dixit told TOI.
According to Dixit, 50% work is completed and 32% financial progress has been achieved.
The metro coach which was displayed to the media contains a TV screen above the door, which will display route map and indicate the position of the train.
"The coaches will have other screens which will display advertisements or Metro messages. They also have chain pulleys for emergency door release. If a passenger wants to stop the train, he or she can contact the train operator (driver) through a mike," Dixit added.
"The carrying capacity of the three coaches is around 950 but they can accommodate up to 1,200 persons during peak hours. There are 144 seats on the train," said a metro official.
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