Due for completion by 2023, the Rs 86.8bn ($US 1.24bn) first phase comprises the 19.7km north-south Line 1 from Automotive Square to Khapri and the 18.6km Line 2, which will run from Prajapati Nagar in the east to Lokmanya Nagar in the west.

The project is being funded by the Indian government (20%), the state of Maharashtra (20%), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (5%) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (5%). The remainder of the project is being funded through a Rs 40bn loan from German bank KFW and a Rs 6bn loan from AFD, France.

Rolling stock for the project is being supplied by CRRC Dalian.

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