In the recent update of Mahametro, Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has taken a rain check to the proposal of extension of the Metro to the Jamtha stadium.
A report published in the Times Of India says that as per the Lodha committee appointed by the Supreme Court, cricket associations will strictly not spend money on any non-cricketing activities.
So, for now, it is believed that Jamtha will only get Metro connectivity under Phase II.
As per the plan of Mahametro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit the Metro was to extend in the southern direction from Mihan depot to Jamtha. The plan was to add three stations over a stretch of 2 km which included Eco Park, Metro City and Jamtha, where two stations will belong to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), the third and last one was proposed on VCA land.
The Mahametro proposed that if the other two agencies bear the cost of the stations then it will take up the cost of track, power supply equipment, signalling and telecom system, etc. The Metro line extension will reportedly cost over Rs 100 crores. The total cost of a station is probably between Rs 35- and Rs 40 crores.
As the MADC has yet to give any design on the proposal, the Mahametro have now decided to ask Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister and MADC chairman, for taking a decision urgently.
If the two agencies had agreed to Mahametro's proposal, then the stretch could have been included in Phase I and completed by 2020. Under Phase II the extension upto Butibori has been proposed. But as of now, this proposal will take time before the work begins on this phase.
Talking about the dimensions of Nagpur Metro, Dixit told TOI, "This means that dimensions of tracks, electrical mats, platforms, stations and depot have been fixed for the next 100 years. It is a very important step and approval process for final commissioning of the Metro has begun. A trial run is a part of this process, which will continue till commercial operations start at grade stretch".