Nagpur Metro Rail to use Solar Electric 6-Seaters for Feeder Service

Nagpur: The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (NMRCL) has dropped the plan to use buses for its feeder services and has decided to use six to eight seater vehicles instead. These vehicles will run on batteries to be charged by solar panels. NMRCL will use install solar panels having total 14 MW capacity for charging these vehicles and providing electricity to its trains as well as stations. The panels will be installed on the roof of stations and along the boundary wall in Mihan.

Brijesh Dixit, NMRCL Managing Director, told the feeder buses were dropped because NMRCL realized that it would be difficult to run them at full load. “It will take time for getting 40 passengers and hence people will have to wait for sometime before the bus leaves. Moreover, the buses can run on limited number of routes. The smaller vehicles can go anywhere provided they get passengers,” he added.

“The feeder service will use a software similar to the one used by taxi services like Uber. As soon as passengers get down at the station they will ask for a vehicle. The drivers nearest to the stations will reach there. The passenger need not pay in cash as the fare will get automaticaly deducted from the mobility card. Passenger not using the card can pay in cash,” Dixit said.

The vehicle drivers will be given coupons to get their vehicles charged through solar panels. “We will provide more coupons to drivers providing good service as an incentive,” the MD said adding that the software will enable NMRCL to keep a check on quality of service by the drivers. The solar power component will meet two-thirds of the energy need of the metro rail. “Initially this will lead to saving of Rs 2 crore per month. As our energy requirement goes up, this amount will touch Rs 10 crore. Our power bill is expected to be Rs 50 crore per month,” Dixit told TOI.

Control Room opposite Yeshwant Stadium

The control room of metro rail will be located on Morris College ground opposite Yeshwant Stadium. It will monitor the trains as well as the feeder vehicles. The footage of close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) installed at metro stations will also be visible at the control centre. It will also act as complaint redressal centre. The Sitabuldi corridor crossover station’s entry and exit will also be located here.