NAGPUR: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MahaMetro) Said that Nagpur Metro was completed in a record time of 27 months since the project’s inception in 2015, is the ‘greenest’ metro system in India.
“from the inception stage, 65% of the energy requirement of Nagpur Metro is met from solar panels on the roofs of the metro rail, stations, depot boundary walls, depot shed, etc.14 MW solar power capacity has been installed in the first phase. The energy generated is added to the national grid and the power required is drawn from local sources. Also, procurement of materials and the project management was done on the 5D BIM (Five Dimensional Building Information Modelling) platform.” Brajesh Dixit, Managing Director of MMRC, told TNIE, here are the edited excerpts:
What is meant by the greenest metro? What are the sustainable solutions used in developing this metro?
Mr. Dixit: 65% of the energy requirement of Nagpur Metro is met from solar panels on the roofs of the metro rail, stations, depot boundary walls, depot shed etc.
Is it a multi-layered metro?
Mr. Dixit: The ongoing work gives such an impression as we have multiple usages sharing the same right of way for this project. That means roads, flyovers, highways and the metro are coming up in the same vertical space. It would be three and four-layer transport system.
Why has Maha Metro developed a selfie point near Zero Mile at Nagpur?
Mr. Dixit: It is not just about brand building, but showcasing the brand of the city where it is coming up, and adding value to the city. We are planning world-class stations with a commercial development angle involved in it. There are places of historical importance along the metro route, so each station has a unique theme based on local history and culture.
Started in 2015, the Nagpur Metro project is the fastest to be completed. How did it happen?
Mr. Dixit: Nagpur Metro held trial runs within just 27 months, and in just under four years services started. The state government has approved the detailed project report of the second phase
The metro was inaugurated on March 8, 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference.