The railway will be built along two corridors: a 19.65 north-south route and an 1855km line running eastt-west. The total project cost is Rs8,680 crore (£862m).
The project will be implemented by the Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation, which will be set up as a 50:50 jointly owned company of the governments of India and Maharashtra.
The proposed two alignments are expected to provide much needed connectivity to commuters and would traverse through some of the densest and traffic congested areas of Nagpur.
Employment in Nagpur City, the 13th largest urban conglomeration in India, creates a travel demand of total 2.2 million passenger trips every day. With the growing population and mega development plans coming up, travel demand is expected to grow steeply. Vehicle ownership is growing as passengers shift from inadequate public transport services to private modes of transport.