In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today inaugurated a 1.6-kilomtre long stretch of the Sitabuldi – Zero Mile Freedom Park – Kasturchand Park of Nagpur Metro Rail Project at Nagpur through video conferencing. A Freedom Park was also inaugurated to mark the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on this occasion.
He assured that there will be no hindrance to ongoing development works in the state. He also advised to pay equal attention to public utilities and beautification works beneath the elevated structure of Metro Rail. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri also participated in this programme virtually.
Speaking on this occasion, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari promised to sanction an underground road from the Central Roads Fund to reach from Cotton Market area at Zero Mile Station by a seamless and traffic-less route. He also said that the proposal for Nagpur Metro Phase -2 has been sent to the Union Cabinet for approval.
Union Minister for Urban Development and Petroleum Hardeep Singh Puri said that since Nagpur Metro uses 65 per cent of Solar energy for its operation, the metro project is capable of being a clean and sustainable model. He also expressed confidence that the Nagpur Metro Project would be completed by December 2021.
The Sitabardi-Kasturchand Park line started its operation from today which meets the urgent need of public transport and connect the most congested areas. The route connects the most iconic buildings and offices in Nagpur city like Vidhan Bhavan, Reserve Bank of India, Central Museum, Constitution Chowk and Morris College.
The Zero Mile Freedom Park Metro Station, a masterpiece of architecture in Nagpur, will be the first of its kind in the country to be part of a magnificent 20-storey building with a metro train on the fourth floor. Mr. Gadakri also informed that out of these 20 floors 13 will be used for commercial purpose which will enhance the Nagpur Metro’s revenue.
The inauguration of the 40,000 square-feet Freedom Park around the Zero Mile Station marks the 75th Year of the country’s independence- Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The station will now be called ‘Zero Mile Freedom Park Station’. The park has unique concepts like Public Plaza, History Wall, Battle Tank Model.