Ahead of the Nagpur Metro inauguration that is scheduled to take place today, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit revealed that it would take 41 minutes in all to cover the distance from Sitabuldi to Khapri station. The speed will eventually increase with the nod of Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) and the target total time taken to commute between two stations will be mere 20 minutes.
“Currently, the speed limit between Airport South and Sitabuldi is just 25 kilometre per hour. It is 80 kmph between Airport South and Khapri. We will increase the speed on Airport South to Sitabuldi stretch every 10 to 15 days. For allowing this, the CMRS and his team may or may not visit Nagpur,” said Dixit.
While speaking to TOI, the MD said that the road connecting Rahate Colony Square to Ajni railway overbridge (ROB) was unveiled by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday evening. The road is built by MahaMetro.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first phase of Nagpur Metro viz. the Sitabuldi-Khapri today at 5:30pm via video conferencing from New Delhi. The Metro launch program will begin at 4pm at the Airport South metro station. CM Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari will also raise curtains to Metro’s exhibition at the event and then address the audience. Nagpur Metro’s coffee table book will also be released at the occasion. The minister duo will then travel from Airport South to Khapri and fro.
Once the Metro returns from Khapri, the services will close for the day. On Friday, MahaMetro will celebrate ‘Abhar Diwas’ and is set to offer free rides to Nagpurkars throughout the day. The ticketed commercial rides will begin from Saturday. The Metro rail will run in two batches viz. 8am and 12.30pm and 3.30pm and 8pm. There will be six rides in both directions.
The first train will start from Sitabuldi station at 8am and will reach Khapri at 8:41am. It will then leave from Khapri at 8:45am and reach Sitabuldi at 9.26am.
Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), CMRS and Railway Board gave all the clearances to MahaMetro just in time. Mandatory inspection by RDSO was carried out from February 16 and 19 and the certificate was emailed on February 23. CMRS conducted the inspection on March 3 and the certificate was issued on March 5.
The inspection and certification process was sped up on Gadkari’s request in order to have PM Modi cut the ribbon before generation elections are announced, according to Metro officials. “RDSO and CMRS many times issue certificate within days but not so quickly,” said an official.
It took 44 months in all for MahaMetro to make the 13.5km stretch operational for commercial run. This is the second fastest in the country. The first is Lucknow Metro who took 36 months to commercially run 8.5km stretch and third in line is Kochi which took 45 months for a 13km stretch. But Nagpur Metro is the fastest if non-commercial operations are considered. A 5km stretch was operational in just 34 months. However, only joyrides were conducted on that path.
The next phase which is being readied to be unveiled is the the Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar stretch. CMRS will be invited to inspect in after Thursday.
Information source: timesofindia
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