PM Modi Flags Off Nagpur Metro; Free Rides on Day1 of Operation on Mar 8: Officials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated Nagpur Metro via Video Conference from New Delhi. The 13.5 kilometres Section will have 5 stations and it will connect Khapri to Sitabuldi section.

Maharashtra Metro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit informed while talking to media said that 13.5km Section will be open for common public from March 8 (today). He further added that people can travel on this section free of cost on the first day (Friday).

Nagpur Metro Network as proposed has a total of 38 stations, two corridors with a length of total 38kms. The Nagpur metro network was started in June 2015. The Foundation Stone for the same was laid by PM Narendra Modi in 2014.

Addressing the gathering through video conference, PM Modi congratulated the people of Nagpur for the second metro service in Maharashtra. He said that is a special moment for him as he had laid the foundation stone for the Nagpur Metro in 2014.

The Shilanyas of the Nagpur Metro was done by me and today I have the honour of inaugurating the Metro. The Nagpur Metro will provide a better, cost friendly and environment-friendly means of transportation for the people, PM added.

The Nagpur Metro is a futuristic infrastructure project. The construction of the Metro gave opportunities to many local youngsters. The coming of a Metro in a place like Nagpur will enhance development in the city, PM said while addressing the gathering.

He added, ‘The Nagpur Metro will provide Suvidha and Suraksha. At the same time, it will help reduce pollution and traffic jams’.

PM Modi also praised the recently launched ‘One Nation, One Card’. He said ‘We are moving towards a ‘One Nation, One Card’ system that will add to the convenience for many citizens’. ‘Common Mobility Cards, RuPay cards and BHIMApp indicate the rising influence of digital transactions in our country’ said PM

Only very few countries in the world have such a common mobility card for transportation, PM said while addressing gathering through Video Conference.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this on March 4, Monday launched the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) under the ‘Made in India’ banner to enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including metro services and toll tax, using one card, across the country.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also applauded the Nagpur Metro Project.

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