While Delhi Metro is India’s largest metro systems, India’s newest metro takes the cake for being the most sustainable. According to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, Nagpur Metro, which was completed in a record time of 27 months since the project’s inception in 2015, is the ‘greenest’ metro system in India.
Brajesh Dixit, Managing Director of MMRC, told TNIE,
“Sixty-five per cent of the energy requirement of Nagpur Metro is met from solar panels on the roofs of the metro rail, stations, depot boundary walls, depot shed etc. This was done from the inception stage. In the first phase, 14 MW solar power capacity has been installed. The energy generated is added to the national grid and the power required is drawn from local sources. Also, procurement of materials and the project management was done on the 5D BIM (Five Dimensional Building Information Modelling) platform.”
The metro was inaugurated on March 8, 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference.