Nagpur Metro

Nagpur Metro is a rapid transit system proposed for the city of Nagpur, India. It is estimated to cost 90.07 billion(US$1.5 billion).As on February 2014 Government of Maharashtra has given approval for the Metro Project, while Government of India’s Ministry of Urban Development has given “In Principle” approval for the Project.

On 22 February 2012, the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) signed an agreement with Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation (DMRC) to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the metro in Nagpur. The Central Ministry has allocated 24 million (US$400,000) to the State Government for carrying out the DPR work.

Accordingly, the DMRC submitted the report to the nodal agecy Nagpur Improvement Trust on 12 February 2013. The total cost of the project is estimated at around ₹90 billion. The project comprises two routes, viz. Automotive square, Kamptee to MIHAN Metro depot and Prajapati Nagar, East Wardhaman Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar, Hingna. There would be 18 stations on route no. 1 with a terminal cum depot at MIHAN and 19 stations on route no. 2 with a terminal cum depot at Lokmanya Nagar. A criss cross major station is proposed at Munje Square where the 2 routes would meet and the commuter would be able to exchange the routes.

It is expected that 12.21 percent of Nagpur’s estimated population of 2.9 million in 2021, i.e., around 363,000 commuters would use the Metro by 2021.

The Nagpur Metro has been approved by the Urban Development Ministry. Construction of the metro is expected to start in 2014.The “Bhoomipujan” for Metro Rail would be held in March 2014.

The Total Expenditure of the Project is estimated to Rs. 8680 Cr. with the Central Government and State Government each giving 20% share of the expenditure. Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Improvement Trust each giving 5% share of the expenditure while the rest 50% is being financed by loan.