Nagpur, Jan 28 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday flagged off the first section of Nagpur Metro Aqua Line through video conference.
Held at Subhash Nagar Metro Station, the event was graced by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, as well as State Ministers Anil Deshmukh (Home), Eknath Shinde (Urban Development) and Dr Nitin Raut (Energy). Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, Mayor Sandip Joshi and several prominent leaders were also present.
The 11-km section has six metro stations between Lokmannya Nagar and Sitabuldi Interchange. Owing to the metro, the commute time between these two locations has been cut short to 20 minutes. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation will start the commercial service on Aqua Line, from 2pm till 8pm on Tuesday.
Subsequently, commuters can avail regular services from 8am to 8pm everyday with 30 minutes train frequency and Rs 20 single fare. With the opening of this section of Aqua line, a total of 24.5 km metro rail network has now became operational for the public, which is about two-thirds of the total network of Phase I of Nagpur Metro Rail Project.
The other five stations are likely to be opened in the month of April. On March 7 last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 13.5 km section of Orange Line. The opening of this section will give a major boost to the academic institutions, industrial areas and residential colonies. Above all, it will also substantially reduce the pollution, as well as road accident fatalities in the city. (UNI)