Nagpur metro flagged off
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, inaugurates Nagpur metro, co-financed by the French Development Agency and German Development Bank.
Nagpur, 7 March 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off, via video conferencing, the Nagpur Metro on its maiden trip from the Airport South Metro station. The French and German co-funded Nagpur metro inauguration was attended in the city by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs, and Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Representing the funding countries were Mr Jean-Marc Fenet, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of France in India, and Mr. Christoph Kessler, Director of the German Development Bank, KfW, in India.
The dignitaries present at the event boarded the Nagpur metro on its first run from Airport South station to Khapri. The Nagpur metro will open to the public after its inauguration.
This ambitious metro project, which is being implemented by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO), will stretch over 38.2 km, covering 36 stations, and enable more than 350 000 people to commute sustainably in Nagpur every day. This project has been co-financed to the tune of 130 million euros (1,032 Cr Rs) by the French Development Agency (AFD) and 500 million euros from the German Development Bank, KfW.
With the dual objectives of reducing traffic congestion and providing an accessible, sustainable mobility solution to the citizens of Nagpur, the metro also aims to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions in the city. Drawing on expertise from France brought in by the AFD, which also financed the metro in Kochi, the project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions in Nagpur by 50000 tonnes per year.
Speaking at the event, Mr Jean-Marc Fenet, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of France in India, referred to France and Nagpur’s ‘story’, which began three years ago: ”In January 2016, the President of France and the Prime Minister of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pledge specific support to three smart cities: Nagpur, Chandigarh and Puducherry. Since then, France’s bilateral cooperation has deepened and expanded across all the strategic urban projects that are shaping the Nagpur of tomorrow.”
AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It makes commitments to projects that genuinely improve the everyday lives of people in developing and emerging countries and in French overseas territories.
AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 109 countries and is currently supporting over 3,600 development projects. In 2017, it earmarked 10.4bn euros to finance these projects.