Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a 13.5 km stretch under phase I of the Metro Rail in Nagpur. With this inauguration, Nagpur becomes the second city in Maharashtra after Mumbai to get a Metro Rail.
Terming the launch as a historic occasion, Modi said Metro Rail projects were coming up in Pune and Thane as well. Inaugurating the project, he said, ‘I feel more privileged as I had laid the foundation stone for this Metro Rail in 2014. Now I am happy to see the dream of the people of Nagpur fulfilled.’
Nagpur is ranked among the fastest growing cities in the world. With the population of the city projected to double by 2050, it was imperative to provide it with 21st century infrastructure, and the Metro Rail is one step in that direction. He also mentioned, ‘It will change the face of travel in this entire region, in all seasons, increase efficiency, safety and comfort besides reducing pollution and congestion. After the entire Metro Rail project is completed, the people of Nagpur can use it instead of their own vehicles and reduce road traffic. The Prime Minister said when the NDA government assumed power in 2014, the Metro Rail network in the country spanned only 250 kms.