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The Nagpur Metro – a lighthouse of the Indo-German development cooperation

01.08.2018 - Press release

Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy New Delhi, visited Nagpur on 30th July, 2018.

In 2019 the Metro will start operating, financed with a German Development Bank (KfW) loan of 500 million Euro. This is just one of many examples in the 60years of Indo-German development cooperation, however, it is a special lighthouse.

DCM Dr. Jasper Wieck  in conversation with representatives of the MahaMetro and journalists during a test drive of the Nagpur Metro
DCM Dr. Jasper Wieck  in conversation with representatives of the MahaMetro and journalists during a test drive of the Nagpur Metro© German Embassy New Delhi

Contribution to sustainable urban development, an integrated mobility approach and the use of renewable energies are priorities in the German-Indian development cooperation. The project does not only cover the metro, but also includes a comprehensive mobility concept with e-buses and rental bicycles for Nagpur. So, with the help of KfW, the claim “Transforming Nagbur” is truly set into practice.

The Metro will  be powered to 2/3rd by the solar energy generated along the route. Alongside the track, gardens and local recreational activities are emerging. Also an interlock with further mobility offers is being considered. The metro itself is driven by German advanced technology from Siemens, which is used in the signal and control systems.

It is currently the largest single-project in Indo-German development cooperation in terms of financial volume. At the same time, it is an example of successful European cooperation, as another part of the project is funded by France.

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