Nagpur Metro Rail starts free joy rides.
Nagpur: Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) allowed grade stretch of Nagpur Metro, MahaMetro has started organizing joyrides for Nagpurians. The first ride was held on Saturday for inmates of an old age home, deaf and mute children and members of other underprivileged sections of the society.
MahaMetro has organized group free joyrides for Nagpurians. Persons who want to enjoy the ride they can contact the agency’s office in Anand Nagar, Civil Lines or call at the landline number 0712-2554-217. MahaMetro has however, made it clear that priority would be given to underprivileged groups.
MahaMetro has started the joyrides even before the formal inauguration of the project by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. The free rides would continue in the same way after the opening. Metro officials are trying to get the opening function held on May 1, Maharashtra Day.
On Saturday, students of Vimalashram (a school for orphans and very poor children run by Ram Ingole), inmates of old age home run by Matru Sewa Sangh, students of Deaf and Dumb School and members of Yuva Chetna Manch and Dattatraya Nagar Sanstha took the joyride. They were accompanied by cine actors Sachin Pilgaonkar, Swapanil Joshi and Pranali Ghogre. Over 100 people enjoyed the ride.
Brijesh Dixit, managing director of MahaMetro, said that the idea behind organizing joyrides was to inculcate Metro Rail culture among Nagpurians. “They should learn about dos and don’ts while riding the Metro. We want this to happen before commercial operation begins on Sitabuldi-Mihan stretch in March 2019,” he added.
The Hingna depot to Subhash Nagar elevated section is expected to become functional by December 2018. MahaMetro will organize free joyrides for citizens on this stretch too. Commercial operations will begin on this stretch when Subhash Nagar gets connected to Sitabuldi in June 2019.