Construction works of Orange Street Project’s ‘Metro Mall’ – a commercial shopping space, has finally kicked off by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with the MahaMetro. The Metro Mall is being built adjacent to the Jaiprakash Nagar Metro Rail station, near the Radisson Blu hotel. Apart from the mall, NMC has also decided to undertake the construction of two more buildings viz. for hospitals and residential flat schemes.
NMC had put forth the plan for hospital buildings and flat schemes in the meeting that was held on Saturday. The plan was given a nod by city MP and union minister Nitin Gadkari, who also instructed the civic authorities to build the residential flat scheme under the central government’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) so as to offer affordable housing to the people belonging to middle class and those lower.
As per the plan, the hospital buildings are said to be constructed near the Khamla area. Of the two buildings, one will be for multispecialty hospital while the other will be for OPDs, radiology, pathology centres, medicines etc.
The residential flat scheme will be constructed at the end of the Orange Street project, somewhere between Jaitala T-point and Yashoda Nagar.
After Maazi Metro, the Orange Street project is touted to be one of the most ambitious projects. Although the project was planned in 2007, it did not garner the required kind of response on the BoT model. But now the NMC has taken the project under its wings and bringing the plans to effect in phases. The 5.5km stretch of road beginning from Radisson Blu Square to Yashoda Nagar will see developments worth Rs 5,700 crore as per estimates. NMC with MahaMetro has begun the works and so far the digging of basement has been done. The concrete works will begin soon. The properties will later be sold off by NMC to recoup the costs.
Special building bylaws have been created by NMC to aid the project by making it feasible and affordable for those who are interested. The rest of the zones in the project will be cultural, retail market, recreational, parks, parking etc.
According to municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar, five more shopping malls will be constructed at Cotton Market, Netaji Market, Sokta Bhavan, Sakkardara Bazaar and Budhwar Bazaar in the span of next six months. “The tendering process of Sokta Bhavan, Sakkardara and Budhwar Bazaar complex will be held soon. All these will be done through the NMC. Through MahaMetro, the NMC will take up shopping malls at Cotton Market and Netaji Market soon. Shopping malls at Santra Market and Gol Bazaar will be taken up later in the second phase,” he said.
The flower wholesalers market will be relocated by to the APMC market at Ganeshpeth and partially to the Netaji market.
Information source: timesofindia
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