In the last 4 Years, Nagpur has witnessed a transformation in the urban transport sector. Nagpur's metro is an innovative model, which drives 60% power from solar energy. The e-taxi project, methanol bus are other initiatives which were started for the first time in country form Nagpur. Such mass rapid transit system based on electricity is need of the hour, opined Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Sh. Nitin Gadkari today in Nagpur.
Sh. Gadkari was speaking on the occasion of the inaugural session of the 11th edition of Urban India Mobility Conference organized by Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs, Institute of Urban Transport & Maha Metro. Union Housing, Urban Affairs (I/C) Sh. Hardeep S Puri, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sh. Devendra Fadnavis, Guardian minister Sh. C. Bawankule, Ambassador of France to India Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of Germany, Dr.Martin Ney, Chief Managing Director, Maha Metro, Nagpur, Dr Brijesh Dixit, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Sh. D. S. Mishra, were prominently present on this occasion. The conference is being held from 2 to 4 November in Chitnavis Centre, Civil Lines, Nagpur.
Stressing upon the need for an alternative, cost-effective & indigenous fuel, Sh. Gadkari said that Jatropha, sugarcane bagasse & other agricultural waste can be a good source of bio-fuel. Through his Ministry, 20 thousand kilometre river-length is being converted into waterways. Mumbai to Goa-sea cruise & Ro-Ro services in other waterways are some evident examples of waterway transport, he informed on this occasion.
Sh. Hardeep Puri praised Nagpur city's innovative project to introduce e-taxis & buses for urban transport. The theme of UMI conference 'Green Mobility' is in resonance with Nagpur's Urban transport as it is reducing environmental pollution, he underlined. He also appreciated the new initiative in the transport sector, started by Sh. Nitin Gadkari in a country as well as in Nagpur. He opined that urban mobility is the key driver of an economy. He informed that in near future, few stretches of Delhi Metro will be inaugurated so that total length of Metro become 350 km.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra also inaugurated 'Hackthon' on occasion of the inaugural session of UMI. He advocated for competitive & end to end solutions for lowering environmental pollution & offering the traveller a comfortable experience resulting in effective transport management.
Prior to the conference, an exhibition was also inaugurated by Union Minister of Housing, Urban Affairs (I/C) Sh. Hardeep Puri. The inaugural session was attended by many professionals, academicians & experts from the transport industry. The two-day conference will be attended by 1000 delegates including 100 international delegates.
(With Inputs from PIB)