2014: The Indian PM Places the Foundation Stone for a New Metro System

August 21, 2014

In the state of Maharashtra in western India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a rapid transit system to be built in the city of Nagpur. This ceremony took place the day after the Union Cabinet approved the development of the system. (The Union Cabinet, which consists of the prime minister and cabinet ministers, is the supreme decision-making body in India.)

PM Modi signals the start of the new Metro.

The actual construction of Nagpur Metro started in June of the following year. The first section of it went into service in March 2019 when Modi – participating via videoconference this time around – officially inaugurated the service. This initial segment of the system covers 8.4 miles (13.5 kilometers) between the Sitabuldi neighborhood and Khapri area in Nagpur.

Nagpur Metro became the 10th public transportation network of its kind to begin operations in India. When completed, it is expected to span a total of 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers).

For more information on Nagpur Metro, please check out http://www.metrorailnagpur.com/index.aspx and https://www.latestly.com/india/news/nagpur-metro-flagged-off-by-pm-narendra-modi-to-be-open-for-public-from-march-8-681132.html.

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