Nagpur is currently witnessing what one can smoothly term as ‘rail revolution’. After Metro rail and other trains and services making it to the city, it is now time for local train services to hit the city.
The Indian Railways have assented to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd’s (MahaMetro) proposal of running the electric multiple units (EMU) from Nagpur to four towns in the outskirts of the city. These four cities are Bhandara, Wardha, Katol, and Ramtek. MahaMetro plans to run these EMUs as local trains to these four cities.
Indian Railways also gave a nod to Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) proposal of building a road from Wanjari Nagar water tank to Ajni railway overbridge (ROB). A part of the bridge will be underground so as to accommodate the already constructed building on that patch of land.
On Monday, a meeting was held between union minister and city MP Nitin Gadkari and railway minister Piyush Goyal at Transport Bhavan, New Delhi. Municipal commissioners Ashwin Mudgal, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit along with other officials were also present at the meeting.
Piyush Goyal gave a nod and in-principle approval to the proposals. As reported by TOI, Brijesh Dixit and some unnamed sources from Gadkari’s office verified the news.
A MoU for planning and execution will be signed between the Indian Railways and MahaMetro, according to Dixit. “MahaMetro is confident of operating the services successfully. Lot of things are required to be worked out after MoU for beginning the services,” he said.
According to sources at Gadkari’s office, MahaMetro intends to run the EMUs of three coaches from the Nagpur railway station to the aforementioned four destinations.
“Plan is to run four EMUs on each route. Two will head towards the town and two in opposite direction. MahaMetro will use existing railway tracks and infrastructure of Railways to operate the services. Other issues like timings, profit sharing, special platform etc will be discussed after signing the MoU,” they said.
The overall cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 100 crores and will be funded by the central government. The project was initiated and discussed by Gadkari with the MahaMetro officials on February 27.
The road from Wanjari Nagar water tank to Ajni ROB will be a 30-metre wide, according to Mudgal.
“NMC has been asked to construct an underpass tunnel near Railways’ school. We are likely to get possession of 17,400 sq metres land from Railways in next 3-4 days for the road. We will also construct a compound wall along the school’s stretch to ensure safety of students. Construction of road will prove beneficial for hundreds of people travelling between South Nagpur and West,” he said.
Gadkari has requested Goyal to accelerate the bridges works on railway lines in the state by employing the MoU MoU signed between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Indian Railways and Government of Maharashtra.
Information source: timesofindia