Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways and MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari has advocated the deployment of broad gauge metro as an affordable, efficient and time-saving option for inter-city travel which will reduce stress on large cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
- Speaking at the curtain raiser event of the India Manufacturing Show (IMS) 2020 in New Delhi recently, he said, we are deploying broad gauge metro in my constituency Nagpur.
- It will connect Nagpur with Wardha, Bhandara Road, Ramtek and Narkhed, he said.
- Running metro on the broad gauge should be considered as it makes travel between cities and its satellite towns affordable.
- He said,”For instance, people can stay in Meerut or Panipat and easily travel to Delhi for work every day. So, it’s a win-win for the city as well as the commuter.”
- While the broad gauge metro costs around Rs 3 crore per km, current metro rail construction costs around Rs 320 crore per km.
- Besides, almost three times more passengers can move in the same space if broad gauge network is utilized.
- He said, also, the speed of metro trains will be much faster than express trains.
- Stressing on the need to develop indigenous technologies focused on urban infrastructure, the minister said it will help generate jobs besides ensuring better organizational efficiencies.