JUST two years after the start of construction, testing was officially launched on the first metro line in the Indian city of Nagpur on September 30, when the first trial run was flagged off by surface transport and shipping minister Mr Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra chief minister Mr Devendra Fadnavis.
THE noise over the India government’s reported move to write-off the Rs 175bn ($US 2.8bn) contract for 1000 diesel locomotives it signed last November with GE died down on September 28, when railways minister Mr Piyush Goyal asserted that the deal was “on track.”
INDIAN prime minister Mr Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Mr Shinzo Abe officially launched civil works on India’s first high-speed line on September 14, when the two leaders laid a foundation stone in Ahmedabad for the 508km line to Mumbai.
THE chief minister of the Indian state of Telengana Mr K. Chandrashekhar Rao has invited India’s prime minister Mr Narendra Modi to inaugurate the first phase of the Hyderabad metro network, with the official opening ceremony expected to take place on November 28.
ACCORDING to a new metro policy endorsed by India’s union cabinet on August 16, the government will only approve or fund metro projects after state governments have firmed up public-private partnership (PPP) agreements and last mile connectivity plans have been finalised.