PUNE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off the Pune Metro Rail and later took a ride from the Garware college to the Anandnagar metro stations.
Prior to boarding the metro train, Modi unveiled a plaque relating to the project, took a review of the entire project from a senior MahaMetro official and proceeded to the booking counter for taking a ticket to board the train from the Garware college station.
On board the train, Modi interacted with specially-abled children during the 10-minute journey at Anandnagar metro station.
The PM reached the Garware metro station after unveiling a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Pune municipal corporation headquarters. He was accompanied, among others, by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, Leader of Opposition and former CM Devendra Fadnavis, Minster for Urban Development Department Eknath Shinde, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol and other dignitaries.
After arriving at the Anandnagar metro station, he made a mention of his experience in a guest book.
Modi had launched the metro rail project works in 2016, ahead of the 2017 civic elections in Pune.
The MahaMetro will deploy five rakes on two completed metro stretches— Vanaz to Garware College and PCMC to Phugewadi — at the initial stage of metro services that are slated to begin from Sunday afternoon following the inauguration.
Three rakes will be available on the Vanaz route and two will run on the PCMC-Phugewadi route. All the necessary arrangements are in place to introduce the rakes for commuters on both stretches that have a total 10 stations and will cover a distance of 12-km, according to MahaMetro officials.
The trips are planned during daytime between 8am and 9pm at every half hour. The metro project will cover a total distance of 33 kms on two stretches. The works on the remaining sections are expected to be completed by end of 2022. The two stretches are: Vanaz to Ramwadi which is completely elevated section and PCMC to Swargate which has elevated and underground sections.
Eariler in the day, after arrival from Lohegaon Airpot, he went to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and unveiled the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.