Maharashtra Govt Approves Nagpur’s Broad Gauge Metro Project

Maharashtra Government’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Nagpur’s Broad Gauge Metro project with an estimated cost of Rs. 333.60 crore.

This 268.63 km new regional rapid transit system (RRTS) project will be executed by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro) and utilize the Central Railways’ existing tracks to connect Nagpur with nearby towns of Wardha, Katol, Narkhed, Ramtek and Bhandara via a modern comfortable railway system.

The project was first proposed in 2018. Its Detailed Project Report (DPR) was prepared by Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) in 2019 and had previously estimated the project to cost Rs 418 crore, half of which will go towards procuring modern rolling stock capable of operating at speeds of 160 kmph.

More detailed information can be viewed on the project’s information page here.

Routes

Line 1: Nagpur – Wardha
• Length: 78.8 km
• Estimated Daily Ridership in 2021: 5,669
• End-to-End Travel Time: 70 mins
 Number of Stations: 13
• Station Names: Nagpur Junction, Ajni, Khapri, Gumgaon, Bori, Borkhedi, Sindi, Tuljapur, Dahegaon, Seloo Road, Varud, Sewagram, Wardha Junction

Line-2: Nagpur – Narkhed
• Length: 85.53 km
• Estimated Daily Ridership in 2021: 2,616
• End-to-End Travel Time: 75 mins
• Number of Stations: 11
• Station Names: Nagpur Junction, Godhani, Bharatwada, Kalmeshwar, Kohali, Sonkhamb, Metpanjra, Katol, Kalambha, Tinkheda, Narkher Junction

Line-3: Nagpur – Ramtek
• Length: 41.6 km
• Estimated Daily Ridership in 2021: 3,929
• End-to-End Travel Time: 60 mins
• Number of Stations: 7
• Station Names: Nagpur Junction, Kalamna, Kamptee, Kanhan Junction, Dumri Khurd, Amdi Halt, Ramtek

Line-4: Nagpur – Bhandara Road
• Length: 62.7 km
• Estimated Daily Ridership in 2021: 2,556
• End-to-End Travel Time: 55 mins
• Number of Stations: 8
• Station Names: Nagpur Junction, Kalamna, Kamptee, Kanhan Junction, Chacher, Rewral, Khat, Bhandara Road

Exact alignment of Nagpur’s new Broad Gauge Metro lines – view project information and route map

The project’s DPR was approved by the Railway Board in November 2019 and envisions 70% of its total cost to be financed via a loan, possibly via KfW which has previously shown interest, and 30% to be financed through the state and central governments.

The DPR will now be sent to the Central Government for its cabinet’s approval. When it comes to the execution stage, I hope they come up with a cool name for this service as saying ‘broad gauge metro’ is kind of awkward.

For more updates, check out the Nagpur section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

Hat-tip to Aneesh

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14 Responses to "Maharashtra Govt Approves Nagpur’s Broad Gauge Metro Project"

  1. Prasad S says:

    Hi, Is this at grade or elevated railway like Delhi RRTS?

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  2. PRAKASH MAGAL says:

    It sounds very strange that with such low ridership govt is approving a project (s) like this. Bangalore traffic is breaking at seams with no other means and the so called city rail project is taking its own time for so many years. Now also we are not sure whether it will take off. We had too many false start ups in the past. Is it because Gadkari is at the centre?

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    • Ayush chandekar says:

      Bro it’s just a state government approval not centre gov…. Much more thing is that the project will be executed in two phases with first phase from 2021-2031 n second will be from 2031 … So no need to panic also there is nagpur metros phase 2 ,sakkardara- kamal square flyover hanging at central government desk !

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  3. Himanshu Doria says:

    Is there a typo in ridership figures ?

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  4. Dd says:

    Yellowline bengaluru train ka manufacturing plant india me setup ho gya ya nhi

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    • Himanshu Doria says:

      Which plant ?

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      • TMRG says:

        Himanshu – Believe he’s referring to CRRC’s rolling stock plant.

        DD – Pata nahi; pehle khabar thi ki woh Sri City, AP mein plant kholenge, par uspe koi update nahi hai. Yeh company bolti kuch hai, karti kuch aur hai.

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        • Himanshu Doria says:

          Nagpur metro k time pe bhi yahi kiya is company ne. Should be blacklisted in upcoming contracts if they continue to deviate from their commitments. Vaise bhi Titagarh and Medha have started constructing their metro rail coach manufacturing plants.

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  5. Guru says:

    hey,
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    • TMRG says:

      Hey Guru, glad you like what I do! I’m not in Bangalore right now, so will have to pass for now. Thanks so much for the support 🙂

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      • Guru says:

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        I really wish you, or someone with your attention to detail and obsessiveness (in a good way – the lack of which I blame for almost every ill in this country), could do similar blogs on NHAI projects, solar/wind/ev projects (Mercom does a very decent job), Smart Cities projects, & the various water/sewerage/cleanliness related projects.
        More importantly it would be nice to have something parallel to this, focused on constant feedback for continuous improvement of these facilities once built. Everything in India seems to deteriorate & disintegrate & degenerate from the moment of its inception (your blog thankfully being one wonderful exception to this trend). A blog or site surgically focused on improvements without getting sidetracked by politics or mindless back & forth, would be a godsend. Going even further, something that ties together the financial aspects of these contracts with auditing intelligence & forensic accounting may help uncover and plug leaks that I am sure still exist though substantially lower than in the past.
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  6. Sham says:

    The term “metro” refers to very high frequency train systems to cater to urban agglomerations with capacities in several lakhs if not millions, not a system that will probably run perhaps a dozen trains in all in a whole day to cater to a few thousand passengers. Only difference is that this system will have better rolling stock than IR’s passenger trains & the trains will move faster.

    Thus, it seems more a fad calling this regional rail system as “broad gauge metro” probably with a mistaken belief that faster trains can conveniently be termed metro.

    Every city aspires for a metro no doubt, but Nagpur already has one. So, can’t understand why they have given in to the temptation to name this again as “metro” when it’s not even a commuter rail or suburban rail system.

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