New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off a 13.5-kilometre phase of Nagpur Metro through video-conferencing. The Nagpur Metro had earned Rs 132.51 crores from stamp duty and Rs 6.87 crores from Transfer of Development rights even before the start of its passenger operations. PM Modi tweeted on Thursday, “The Nagpur Metro is a futuristic infrastructure project. The construction of the Metro gave opportunities to many local youngsters. The coming of a Metro in a place like Nagpur will enhance development in the city.”

Here is all you need to know about the Nagpur Metro:

1) The Nagpur Metro phase flagged off by PM Narendra Modi is 13.5-kilometre long.

2) This phase will be made operational on the occasion of Women’s Day on March 8.

3) During the first day of its operation, commuters can avail free rides on the metro.

4) The trains running on the metro phase will cover five stations from Khapri to Sitabuldi.

5) The Metro will be available for a commercial run on Sitabuldi from 8 AM.

6) The entire phase will be separated into two alignments namely the North-South Corridor and the East-West Corridor.

7) The total length of the two corridors is 38 km.

8) The two corridors will have 38 stations, two depots and a fleet of 69 metro cars.

9) The work on the project began in June 2015.

10) The estimated cost of the entire metro project upon completion is Rs 8680 Crore.

Upon inaugurating the Metro, the Prime Minister said, “The dream of the people of Nagpur, of having a metro is now fulfilled. Congratulations to the people of the city for this feat.” Modi also said that the common mobility card which is used for transport can also be used for carrying out online payments. Modi was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “It’ll be both your express card and debit/credit card, now your RuPay card and mobility card are merging.”

Besides, the metro is inclusive of a special ‘Nari Shakti’ women’s coach in each train said Maha Metro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit on Tuesday. “It will be the greenest metro in the country with 65% of its electricity consumption from solar energy,” said Dixit.

(With Agency inputs)