Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Maha Metro, claimed that Nagpur Metro rail is soon going to make two of its routes operational by February end. The two routes, which would be a total stretch of 19 kms, would commence from Khapri to Sitabuldi Munje Square (13 kms) and between Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar (6 kms).
Dixit, while addressing media persons on Thursday, also said that eight metro stations (Khapri, New Airport, Airport, South, Airport, Jaiprakash Nagar, Sitabuldi, Lokmanya Nagar and Subhash Nagar) would be operational on both the routes. The fare of the Metro (decided by the state government) would be Rs 30 from Sitabuldi to Khapri and Rs 23 from Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar.
Dixit, while launching the design of women’s coach ‘Naari Shakti Coach’ at South Airport Station, informed that the first coach of Nagpur Metro rail would be exclusively allotted to women passengers.
Anil Kokate, General Manager (administration) at Maha Metro, told Nation Next, “One out of three coaches would be reserved for women. Usually such coaches are named as ‘Ladies Coach’ or ‘Mahila Coach,’ so we named the women’s coach as ‘Naari Shakti Coach’ in the wake of women empowerment.”
Janak Kumar Garg, Executive Director (Rolling Stock) said that the coach would have CCTVs and panic button to ensure safety of women commuters.
However, as per senior officials, it has been said that there is a possibility of PM Narendra Modi inaugurating Nagpur Metro rail in the presence of CM Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Kokate, speaking about the same, told Nation Next, “There’s a possibility but nothing has been confirmed yet. The decision lies with the state government.”