Nagpur (METRO RAIL NEWS): Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) had promised to run metro trains between Lokmanya Nagar and Subhash Nagar from march 2019. but now plan changed and according to new plan it has decided that metro train run on the entire Reach 3 of Nagpur Metro in a few months. Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will be invited for inspection after the entire stretch is complete. Maha Metro sources said that if communication-based train control (CBTC) signalling system was ready then the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) of Ministry of Railways will be invited too.
On March 2, 2019, CMRS team had inspected the stretch from Sitabuldi to Khapri and Inspection of Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar stretch was also in its itinerary but due to delay in completing inspection of the first stretch, the team could not visit the second one. After the inspection, Maha Metro managing director Dr. Brijesh Dixit had told the media that CMRS would be invited again soon after the commercial run commenced on the Sitabuldi-Khapri stretch. However, this did not happen and the agency changed its plans. Sources said that work on Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar section had been completed long ago. “Now we are completing the Subhash Nagar to Sitabuldi section. It will be ready within a few months”.
“The passenger traffic on this stretch would have been even less than Sitabuldi to Khapri stretch. This is because people travelling from Hingna Road would not get down at Subhash Nagar and then take another mode of transport,” said an official.
The passenger traffic on Sitabuldi-Khapri stretch is not much as presently the Metro does not have connectivity with other parts of city. Maha Metro is yet to start feeder service and automatic fare collection (AFC) card is yet to be made available to commuters. The agency had promised to make e-scooters available at stations but this has not been done. Only bicycles are available, which are not being used by anybody.