Nagpur Metro may run on Indian Railways broad gauge tracks
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.
A pact on this is likely to be signed between Nagpur Metro and Indian Railways after Karnataka elections, the road transport and highways minister told reporters here. The minister said the idea mooted by him has been approved by the railways.
“The first experiment is being done in Nagpur,” the minister said, extending thanks to Coal and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.
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.
“The speed of the passenger train is 60 (km per hour). Its speed comes down to 30 (km per hour) before the halt at station and time is needed to increase speed. So I have asked them to stop the passenger train,” the minister said.