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August 22, 2014

Indian cabinet approves Nagpur metro

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INDIA's Union Cabinet granted its approval on August 20 for the first phase of the metro network in Nagpur, the capital of Maharashtra state and India's 13th-largest city with a population of 2.2 million.

The initial phase comprises two lines totalling 38.2km. The north-south line will run for 19.6km from Automotive Square to the city's international cargo hub and airport, while the 18.6km east-west corridor will link Prajapati Nagar with Lokmanya Nagare.

The total cost of the project is expected to be Rs 86.8bn ($US 1.44bn), with the Indian government providing Rs 15.6bn in the form of equity and subordinate debt.

The project will be implemented by Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation, a 50:50 partnership between the state of Maharashtra and the Indian government.