Finally the much awaited Nagpur Metro Aqua Line between Lokmannya Nagar Metro Station and Sitabuldi Interchange was inaugurated on January 28 by the hands of Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing & Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation, Commerce & Industry and Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) held at Subhash Nagar metro station.Uddhav Thackeray and Hardeep Singh Puri flag off the services through the video link while Gadkari along with other dignitaries were present on the dais.Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray said that “I feel pleased that another city in Maharashtra has got a metro transport service. I am proud of Fadnavis that during his tenure as a CM the metro work was initiated and had even almost got finished. I do not take any credit in this work of Nagpur Maha Metro but in fact, I would like to thank each and every person who worked hard to make this facility available.”During the inauguration Devendra Fadnavis, Former Chief Minister, congratulated all the present dignitaries and thanked Brijesh Dixit for completing the work of Maha Metro in the due time. He expressed his gratitude towards Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for the initiation of an important transport means of Metro rail in Nagpur City.He informed that the newly available transport in the city is totally green, saves time and fuel and will provide an easy and safe mode of transport to the citizens. It can be clearly noticed that pollution is mostly done by the vehicles in the city, which can be easily handled by the use of metro, besides this heavy traffic jams can also be avoided through metro, said Fadnavis.
The inauguration ceremony was done in the august presence of key ministers of Government of Maharashtra like Eknath Shinde, Urban Development and Public Works (Public Undertaking) Minister, Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister, Dr Nitin Raut, Energy Minister & District Guardian Minister and Sunil Kedar, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Sports & Youth Welfare Minister. Mayor Sandip Joshi, Dr Vikas Mahatme, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Krupal Tumane, Member of Parliament (Ramtek) and Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition (Maharashtra Legislative Assembly) were prominently present on the occasion. Durga Shankar Mishra, Union Ministry for Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Chairman Maha-Metro also graced the event.