Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today (27 April) said that there are plans to run the Nagpur Metro’s coaches on the Indian Railways’ broad gauge railway tracks, reports PTI. The plan, mooted by Gadkari who represents Nagpur in the Lok Sabha is to connect the winter capital of Maharashtra to nearby towns like Kotal, Bhandara, Ramtek and Wardha.
Nagpur Metro, like most other metro rail systems in India will have 1,435 mm-wide standard gauge coaches manufactured by China’s CRCC while Indian Railways uses the 1,676 mm-wide broad gauge track.
Gadkari said that the idea was originally proposed by him and accepted by the railways. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will likely be signed between the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro) which is implementing the Nagpur Metro Project and the Indian Railways after the Karnataka state assembly elections scheduled for mid-May.
The entire train will be air-conditioned with four coaches and operate at a speed of 100 km/hr.
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