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Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is set to assess Nagpur Metro Reach III in August end. Commercial operations on this route will commence once he issues a safety certificate.
Maha Metro managing director Brijesh Dixit stated that work between Lokmanya Nagar and Subhash Nagar stations has been finished. Moreover, the work between Subhash Nagar and Sitabuldi was 92% complete. “Work of laying tracks and installation of overhead electrical (OHE) system is going on between Subhash Nagar and Sitabuldi,” he said.
According to Dixit, Lokmanya Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Sitabuldi and Institution of Engineers stations would be complete by the time commercial operations begin. “We are working hard to begin Rani Jhansi Square station. If we are not able to achieve the target, the station will be started soon after initial commercial run,” he said.
Currently, Nagpur Metro does not have rolling stock for Reach III. Five trains or 15 coaches are anticipated to reach the city in the first week of August. They have been shipped from China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) plant in Dalian in South China.
The Jai Prakash Nagar station on Reach I (Sitabuldi to Khapri) is almost complete. “It will be opened for public by August end. CMRS is anticipated to assess it as no new station can be started without the commissioner’s approval,” said Dixit.
Presently, only five stations in Reach I are operational. they are Khapri, New Airport, Airport South, Airport and Sitabuldi. Six more stations need to be started. The target for starting all these stations is the end of 2019.
Ridership up following increase in frequency
Nagpur Metro operating between Sitabuldi and Khapri stations is not receiving much ridership. However, the number of people using it has gone up due increase in the frequency.
Before increasing the frequency from June 28, the average daily ridership was 1,358. The collection used to be Rs 47,360. Presently, the ridership is 2,593 and the revenue collection is Rs90,540. Earlier, there used to be 12 trips per day. The current figure is 25.
The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) aims to lower the gap between two trains to five minutes. However, it will only happen when ridership increases.
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