NAGPUR: Confirming that the ambitious metro rail in the city is very much feasible, Union minister for urban development Kamal Nath said that the project may commence within one-and-a-half years if the proposal is received early. The minister said that as far as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme is concerned, phase-II will be of around Rs 1 lakh crore.
Giving details about the metro rail, Kamal Nath said that he is a true lover of the city as it is a gateway to his constituency. "Metro rail project has been proposed in 24 cities including Nagpur. I have asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to send a proposal. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) requires 8 months to prepare the detailed project report (DRP) highlighting various technical issues including distance of over and under ground rail network. The operation will be done by a special purpose vehicle. The government is also ready to bear 50% cost of DPR. There should be no delay in sending the proposal," he told reporters.
Taking the points from EGS minister Nitin Raut's speech, Kamal Nath, while addressing the inauguration programme of 240 MLD Kanhan Water Treatment Plant, said that NIT and NMC should immediately take a final decision as to which body will send the proposal. "Raut and BJP national president Nitin Gadkari should held a meeting with these two bodies and ensure that the proposal is sent to the state government at the earliest."
Asked about phase-II of JNNURM following completion of phase-I on March 31, 2012, Kamal Nath said, the Central government has started the JNNURM to overcome the huge gap between population growth and infrastructure in the urban areas. "The government requires at least Rs 10 lakh crore for proper development of urban pockets. The capital outlay of phase-II will be of around Rs 1 lakh crore. The government will go for phase-II continuing the pending works under phase-I. A conference on phase-II will be held on December 13 at New Delhi in the presence of prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh," he said.
Throwing light on phase-I projects, Kamal Nath said, the government has learnt several lessons from phase-I. "Components in phase-II will be different and successful. The phase-I could not be cent per cent successful. Many projects were completed and few failed to take off. The government will not provide grants first in the phase-II. The civic bodies have to first take loan and then they will be given grant. Besides, no project will get sanction prior to land acquisition and all clearances. Top priority will be given for PPP model in the phase-II. Besides, the projects will be sanctioned for nagar panchayats, municipal council and corporations in phase-II," he said.
Meanwhile, it has come to fore that the state government is yet to appoint a nodal agency for preparing the ambitious metro rail proposal. Two bodies- NMC and NIT are showing interest in the project. NIT has also sent a proposal to the government a month ago. NMC is claiming to have a project report of metro rail already with it. Thus, the chances for yet another tussle between these two bodies may not be ruled out. Anyhow, the state has to take a decision soon in the interest of the city as the Central government is eager to give approval.
MUMBAI/NAGPUR: When it comes to granting infrastructure projects, Nagpur and Vidarbha has always been given the short end of the stick. But, for the metro rail, the state government has reacted with alacrity by approving the ambitious project.
Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, will finally join the big league of cities in the country which have the urban necessity of a metro rail network. Work on the project is expected to begin in January 2013. With not many hurdles in the way unlike other cities, Nagpurians may be able to make their first trip by December 2016.
Sources in Mantralaya said that the metro link will be 25km long from Sitabuldi to Butibori via Mihan. The cost of the project is Rs 1,250 crore. It will run partly on an elevated corridor and the remaining will be on-ground.
A meeting of high level committee headed by chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad discussed the project on Thursday. It decided that the project will be financed by the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO).
The high level committee was attended by urban development secretaries Manu Kumar Srivastava and TP Benjamin, MSRDC managing director PS Srimali, NIT chairman Pravin Darade and NMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal.
TOI was the first to report on the plan on October 1. On November 17, Union minister of road transport announced that all cities with a population of more than 20 lakhs will get metro rail. In Nagpur on December 10, Nath asked the state government to put the project on the fast track by seeking the detailed project report which was to be prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
State chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is expected to make a formal announcement before the state legislature's winter session ends on December 23.
At present, the city population is over 25 lakh. However, by 2030, it is expected to cross the 50 lakh mark, according to an ASSOCHAM estimate. Going by this trend, metro will become vital by 2020.
Metro rail in Nagpur was proposed way back in 2001 in view of the Mihan project. L&T Ramboll was asked to do a feasibility report. In the 2002 report, L&T Ramboll proposed a total length of around 100km to be built in four phases. In the first phase, Kamptee Road transport plaza was to be linked to Mihan. The 21km railway line was to provide a link to Nagpur railway station and airport.
The second phase was to link Pardi Naka to Wadi and intersect phase I at Kasturchand Park. The third phase was to start from Futala Tank Road (a station on phase II) intersect phase I at Dhantoli and go up to Yashodhara Nagar (a station on phase I) via Manewada Road and Hasanbagh intersecting phase II at Mahavir Square. In phase IV Manewada Road will be connected to City Centre I and II, which were planned at that time in Besa-Beltarodi area.
Metro is already operational in Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore and is being constructed in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. DMRC is already preparing DPRs for Ludhiana, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bhopal and Chandigarh.
ON FAST TRACK
Metro will be 25km long
Will run between Sitabuldi and Butibori via Mihan
Is expected to cost Rs 1,250 crore
Work to commence in January 2013
To be completed by December 2016
Should be smooth sailing as not many hurdles
Partly elevated and remaining on ground
NAGPUR: As expected the metro rail project will get on the track before completion of winter session as its now just a signature away. The proposal to appoint Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) as nodal agency and send a letter to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for detailed project report (DPR) has been submitted for chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's signature.
"DMRC charges Rs10 lakh per kilometre for preparing DPR. The projected length of metro rail is around 200km, which takes DMRC's charge up to Rs20 crore. Already, the union minister for urban development department Kamal Nath had announced to bear 50% cost. The special purpose vehicle - Nagpur Mass Transport Company (NMTC) will have to bear the remaining 50%. The nodal agency will bear the cost and adjust it in the NMTC's share. In the first phase, the DMRC will be asked for DPR of 42.70km as it will take around 8 months for complete DPR. This way, the work may be started soon," said an official.
Indications are bright after a positive meeting between officials suggested that the metro project may be complete by December 2016. Work on it is likely to begin in January 2013.
According to official sources, CM will give his nod and announce the metro rail officially before completion of the winter session. Once the proposal is approved, NIT will become nodal agency and send the proposal to DMRC for DPR.
It would be a historic movement for the city, when CM makes his announcement. Chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad held a meeting of metro rail before couple of days. According to the minutes of the meeting, NIT was proposed to be the nodal agency.
"In all probability CM himself will be the chairman of NMTC as MADC, of which he is the chairperson, is having the highest share with 33.80% followed by NIT, NMC and MIDC with 21.90% each and SICOM Limited with 0.5%. Also MADC's managing director may become the head of nodal agency. If NIT is appointed as the nodal agency, the chairman of NIT will be the managing director," said an official.
The metro rail project got momentum with pursuance of AICC general secretary and MP Vilas Muttemwar followed by announcement by Kamal Nath in last month.
Delhi Metro’s success story has transcended borders, garnering interest from various projects across the country as well as abroad.
Starting its journey from an eight kilometre line from Shahadra to Tis Hazari in the year 2002, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has added another feather in its cap by providing assistance for the Jakarta Metro rail system, by conducting a special assistance project implementation study.
The organisation has sought consultancy assistance from numerous countries — Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ireland and Vietnam — whose delegations have visited DMRC for successful Metro rail projects in their own countries.
As part of its ambitious Phase-III network in National Capital, DMRC is also constructing a 9.2 km Metro corridor in Jaipur.
“It is a challenging task for us to balance the expansion of our network and provide assistance to other major Metro projects across the world. Currently, DMRC is carrying out the construction work of the Metro projects in Jaipur and Kochi. It was also the prime consultant for Bengaluru Metro Phase-I network and Chennai Metro projects. Currently, we are in the process of preparing Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) the Chandigarh Metro rail project, Nagpur Metro, high speed Metro link for Kerala and Kozhikode Monorail project,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
This is besides Chief Minister Sheila smeg’s recent announcement that DMRC will operate the Monorail project in Delhi and has already started work on it. The CM had expressed confidence that the organisation will be able to operate the Monorail project as successfully as Delhi Metro.
“We are in process of preparing the DPR for Monorail project in Delhi. The project is expected to provide last mile connectivity to commuters,” added the spokesperson.
The DMRC has prepared the DPRs for National Capital Region of Delhi, Kolkata East-West corridor, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Pune and the Bengaluru Phase-II Metro network. The organisation has also prepared project reports for extension of Airport Express Corridor from Dwarka to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon and Bengaluru Airport Express Link.
Nagpur: The ambitious metro rail project for Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra got a boost recently with the state government giving administrative approval for the proposed urban transport system.
It was almost a decade back in Nagpur that a technical survey was conducted by Larsen and Tourbo on behalf of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NITT) for a Metro Rail for about 70-90 km route. Now the state government has appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as the consultant which will be preparing a detailed project report (DPR) by August this year.
NIT is the nodal agency for completing the project.
However, it is yet to initiate a process of consultation among leadership and bureaucracy and technocrats on proposed shape, size, length, route and other modalities.
Also, city Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar and other leaders including Maharashtra Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Anil Deshmukh have expressed divergent views on the project.
Mr Muttemwar has demanded that NIT should organise a seminar on various factors to come to a conclusion in the larger interest of Nagpurians and in the best interest of commuters.
The MP in a letter to NIT Chairman Praveen Darade in December last year advocated an underground Metro which does not require land acquisition and also free from legal hurdles though little expensive.
He said approximately Rs. 300 crores would be required for laying underground Metro which was higher in cost than the elevated rail line.
Mr Muttemwar has demanded that it should be from Transport Plaza (North city area) to Mihan which is next to city airport and there was no need for extending it to Butibori industrial area.
While Deshmukh was in favour of laying Metro rail either on the ground or above but certainly not underground.
He told reporters recently that underground metro rail project will be an extensive one as compared to other two options.
NAGPUR: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which has been entrusted with the work of preparing detailed project report (DPR) for Nagpur metro network, has completed two surveys while work on three others is going on. DMRC will do a number of surveys, all of which will be over by August next year. The DPR will be submitted to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), the nodal agency for the project, in October 2013.
A NIT official said that DMRC had recently completed junction and screen line surveys. The junction survey was done at prominent squares and traffic junctions. The screen line survey was done at railway over bridges (ROBs), flyovers, railway under bridges (RUBs), nullah crossings, etc. The screen line survey was done to determine the flow of traffic in north-south, south-north, west-east and east-west directions.
Now, DMRC is conducting outer cordon, parking and door-to-door surveys. "The outer cordon survey has started recently. DMRC agents are asking people travelling by Outer Ring Road and other roads encompassing the city regarding their residences, workplaces, frequency of use of outer roads. People using two-wheelers, cars and buses are being sampled.
"In the parking survey, DMRC is finding out the parking space available in main areas of the city and asking people where they park their vehicles. The door-to-door survey is being done on weekends as most people are available. The survey personnel go to some houses randomly and ask them about mode of travel in city and the places they visit frequently," the official elaborated.
State government aims to start work from December 2013 but this will depend on various factors. The most important is the year when DMRC estimates that metro railway will be viable in the city. This will be crucial in getting finance. The government is banking on soft loan from Asian Development Bank for the project.
As per prevalent rates of construction materials and labour, the cost of constructing metro railway is Rs 400 crore per km for an underground stretch and Rs 250 crore per km for an elevated stretch. The cost for ground level stretch will be far lower. The total cost of first and second phase is over Rs 10,000 crore.
The concept of metro rail was mooted way back in 2001 in view of Mihan. However, as Mihan failed to take off, the metro rail was put in cold storage. It has been revived as union urban development ministry feels that by 2020 cities presently having a population of over 20 lakh will need a metro rail and other modes of mass rapid transport system. On June 6, state cabinet had given in-principle nod to the project but NIT had already signed a memorandum of understanding with DMRC for the DPR on February 22 for early completion of DPR.
Delhi Metro Rail Corp is to prepare detailed studies for a metro in Nagpur, building on a previous survey for a 90 km network undertaken by Larsen & Tourbo.
NAGPUR: In 1999, Old Delhi's stations route relay interlocking (RRI), an advanced signalling system having 1,124 routes entered the record books for being commissioned in 48 hours. After 13 years, Nagpur Central Railway has scripted history by commissioning a RRI system with 533 routes in just two-and-a-half-hours without any hiccups.
RRI is the system used at large and busy stations having large number of train movements. In this, an entire route through the station can be selected and all associated points and signals along the route can be set at once by pressing two buttons for receiving or dispatching trains.
"Conventionally, commissioning of major yards of size comparable to Nagpur takes at least 96 hours with large-scale traffic disruption. Had we followed the old system, at least 600 trains would have been disturbed, but we accomplished the task in which 10% trains were affected," said divisional railway manager (DRM) Brijesh Dixit.
Reviewing the RRI success after commissioning it a month ago, Dixit told TOI the results were evident. Entry and exit of trains at Nagpur has become safer, smoother and reliable. Now more signalled shunting is possible.
"Now we can manage all the four up and down lines simultaneously for movement of goods train in the yard. Earlier, only two lines could be operated. Secondly, restriction on trains moving to Itwari side have also been removed with the withdrawal of two diamond crossings at Howrahend," Dixit said.
The commissioning of RRI was done after a lot of brainstorming and meticulous planning. In 2008, Pune RRI with 425 routes was commissioned in 120 hours. In Nagpur, 533 routes were commissioned in 18 hours (yard remodelling in 15.5 hours and actual RRI commissioning in 2.5 hours). Now Dixit is flooded with calls from his counterparts all over India asking how he made it possible.
"It is all team work," said Dixit modestly. "We adopted a functional approach. It was like keeping a patient conscious while performing an open heart surgery. The life of new system will be 25 years," he said.
"First, all points, then track circuits and signals were shifted on new cable and patched with old panel during the preparatory stage. This entire exercise was done without causing a single detention," said Dixit.
Normally, getting Railway Board recognition is tough in railways, but board chairman Vinay Mittal announced an award of Rs 1 lakh for the feat. Besides, Central Railway general managerSubodh Jain announced an award of Rs 5 lakh to all departments involved.
Sudeep Shrivastava, deputy chief signalling and telecommunication engineer (construction), and others involved in project admit that situation in Nagpur was complicated compared to Delhi, Mumbai and Howrah where most of the trains terminate.
"Nagpur yard has most of the trains passing through it and hence any long duration working would have crippled operations in both north-south and east-west directions. We completed the work with bare minimum disruption," said Shrivastava.
Safer, smoother, reliable
* Operational flexibility enhanced as signalled movements increase from 369 to 533 in new RRI
* At Ajni end there will be more operational options
* Run through facility from Nagpur goods yard to Ajni yard
* Speed restrictions removed near diamond crossing
* Additional route for despatch of trains from platform no. 4, 5 and 6
* Entry and exit of trains has become more safer and smoother
NAGPUR: Work on Nagpur metro railway is likely to begin next year if everything goes as per schedule. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has told Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) that it will submit the detailed project report (DPR) in September.
NIT chairman Pravin Darade said DMRC had completed the surveys and was now preparing the report. "Once we get the report, we will send it to state and central governments for approval. Then we will start the tender process," he said.
Source - Times of India
NAGPUR: The Nagpur division of Central Railways seems to be going the green way. It has launched a slew of environment-friendly initiatives like rainwater harvesting, recycling waste water and planting trees.
After successful commissioning of a rainwater harvesting project at its electric loco shed at Ajni last year, the Central Railways here will take up a similar project at its Ajni colony. Besides, it is also on the verge of dedicating a waste water recycling plant to tide over water crisis.
All the projects are the brainchild of divisional railway manager (DRM) Brijesh Dixit. The rainwater harvesting facility at Ajni loco shed was launched last year and 30 lakh litres of water is being harvested annually from around 3,000 sq metre of roof area of the loco shed, said Sanjay Khare, senior divisional engineer (coordination).
"The harvested water is then used to recharge an open well and a borewell," Khare said. He added that the success story of the harvester has given them confidence to repeat it at the Ajni railway colony. Here the project will be implemented in around 200 RB-II and RB-III quarters.
In Ajni colony there are about 2,000 quarters spread in an area of 9 sq km. The new rainwater harvesting facility will cater to mostly multi-storied buildings. The railways is planning to recharge 13 lakh litre of groundwater annually by using harvested rain water.
The tender for the Rs5 lakh project has been finalized and work will start after two months. The project will be actually put to use only next year.
Ajni colony faces acute water crisis during summer and water is supplied through tankers. Many railway unions have been protesting the scarcity of water in the colonies for past many years. By utilizing the rain water harvesting facility officials hope to ease water crisis partially.
Apart from this, a water recycling plant is expected to be commissioned in Ajni colony next month. Work on the plant, which is being set up with the help of National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), is expected to be completed in 15 days.
The plant, costing Rs8 lakh, will recycle 30,000 litres of bathroom and kitchen wastewater per day. The recycled water will be then used for gardening and watering the cricket ground. The officials hope that the plant will thus help save precious drinking water.
The Central Railways has also launched a massive drive in the entire division to plant 20,000 trees. Till now over 12,000 trees like teak, neem, gulmohar and other species have been planted on railway land in Ajni, Ballarshah, Betul, Wardha, Katol, Narkhed, Sewagram, Amla and other stations.
"One of the reasons to take up plantations is to stop encroachments on railway lands," Khare said.
NAGPUR: Work on the detailed project report (DPR) of Nagpur railway is going ahead at full speed and is expected to complete by mid-October.
SD Sharma, executive director (civil) of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), told TOI that the deadline would be met and there were no glitches in preparation of the report.
State government had announced the metro rail route last year. Earlier, in 2002 L&T Ramboll had prepared a DPR. However, the project will be implemented on the basis of the DMRC report.
DMRC was given the contract to prepare the DPR by Nagpur Improve Trust (NIT), which is the nodal agency for the project, in February. Sharma and his team had come to Nagpur and held meetings with NMC and NIT officials and then done preliminary inspection.
DMRC started the actual surveys from May. It had done five types of surveys: junction, screen line, outer cordon, parking and door-to-door. The surveys were completed by July.
The DPR is being prepared on the basis of information gathered through these surveys. DMRC will recommend the routes to be taken up in the first phase. The agency will also decided the stretches where the railway will be elevated, underground or at ground level and calculate the tentative cost of first phase.
The DPR will also have the location of metro rail stations, amenities to be provided in these stations and feeder bus services, besides other aspects of this mass rapid transport system (MRTS). It will also suggest a financial model for the making the project viable.
State government has decided to create a special purpose vehicle for implementing the project. The project will be financed by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). These organizations will take long term soft loans from international agencies to raise the funds.
The DMRC was given the contract to prepare the DPR by NIT in February
The Delhi team held meetings with NMC and NIT officials and then did preliminary inspection
Actual surveys began in May
Five types of surveys have been completed in July: junction, screen line, outer cordon, parking and door-to-door
NAGPUR: For senior railway officials here, the British era never ended. They continue to utilize safety staff of railways for personal work at their bungalows. A number of pointsmen of Central Railway, Nagpur division, are deployed for doing household chores like cooking, washing utensils, washing and ironing clothes etc at officials' bungalows. They get Rs30,000-35,000 salary from railways and are meant for ensuring safety of tracks.
Pointsmen play an important role in train operations. At a time when railway mishaps have increased significantly, the officials' use of staff for household work is nothing short of criminal. Most do the work at officers' bungalows in Civil Lines. TOI has time and again highlighted the misuse of safety category staff but whenever the matter is reported, staffers are removed for a few days and again called back in blatant abuse of official powers. More than a dozen pointsmen are still working at the bungalows of operating department officials. Divisional railway manager (DRM) Brijesh Dixit prefers to look the other way to such blatant misue of authority.
For the past one month, TOI observed that pointsmen were working at the bungalow of Satyendra Kumar, senior divisional operating manager (SrDOM), and his subordinate operating managers. Even the official emergency vehicle (MH31-CA3755), which should ideally stationed at the control office round-the-clock to attend emergencies, is being misused for personal work. The railways pay Rs35,000 per month for the vehicle, but it is used by Kumar's family for shopping and picking and dropping kids to school.
TOI found at least 10 pointsmen working at Kumar's bungalow in various shifts while five working with DOM and AOM at bungalows near Bole petrol pump, Dharampeth. There is a pointsman to drive personal car (WB-38L2542) of SrDOM. A woman employee from commercial department works as cook at SrDOM's bungalow.
Not just this, it is duty of two movement inspectors, who should be work in the operating department, to take the pointsmen to the bungalows. They regularly keep a tab on their movement at bungalows. When the issue was taken up with SrDOM Kumar, he denied the charges. "We have stopped the practice. Still, the issue will be taken seriously," he said.
On the misuse of emergency vehicle, he said, "It is my official vehicle. The one allotted to me is under repairs for the past one year. I joined five months ago." He did not tell what repairs in a car take such a long time. Sources said the emergency vehicle is being used to drop and pick up Kumar from office. Rest of the time, it is used by his family. Many times the vehicle is seen at the market and near shopping malls even during official hours. Kumar's explanation: "I must have used the vehicle to go to the market."
When asked how many peons are allowed at bungalows, Kumar said, "I have one bungalow peon."
The pointsmen posted here have been diverted from the roadside stations like Ajni, Butibori, Bharatwada, Majri, Gumgaon, Wardha, Ghuggus and some other stations. As per rules if these employees are posted at Nagpur from their original place of working, they must be paid TA/DA but they do not get any allowances.
Keeping safety category employees continuously for years without admissible benefits amounts to exploitation and there is no machinery in the Central Railway to monitor such lapses.
Anyone who has done any work in India the above comment is wishfull thinking.
Anyone who has done any work in India the above comment is wishfull thinking.
Point taken although I believe that projects in India are far easier to achieve than in certain other parts of the world
NAGPUR: Though this may sound an improbable task but if implemented, it has the potential to solve traffic problems witnessed around the Nagpur railway station. Keeping on hold its earlier proposal to construct a foot-over-bridge, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is now planning a subway which will link the western and eastern sides of the railway station. Municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhanehas mooted the proposal in the meeting held with the divisional railway manager of Central Railway Brijesh Dixit.
Confirming this, Wardhane told TOI that the plan is in very initial stage. "When I came to know about the proposal to construct the FOB, I thought constructing a subway on the lines of CST, Mumbai, would be an ideal option. NMC may ask the CST subway's consultant to prepare a feasibility report. The proposal would be prepared only if the subway plan is feasible," he said.
Sources told TOI that NMC proposed the Central Railway to share expenses of the subway to make it feasible. "However, the railway officials expressed their difficulties. The NMC may not go for such a big expense unless it receives funds from one of the government's schemes like the JNNURM or other. The subway may be feasible if it is constructed on BOT basis or shops are allotted in the subway," said sources.
The Central Railway had urged the NMC to construct a FoB at Jaistambh Square for the convenience of passengers in April this year. Accordingly, NMC was preparing a plan to construct the FoB for connecting the DRM office and three roads, which meet at the square, with the railway station. The proposal to connect the FoB with the platforms was also under consideration. However, the entire plan was in initial stages.
Wardhane, who has worked in the state urban development department, has good knowledge about urban planning. He wished to replace the FoB with the subway. He is of the opinion that the FoB may be not feasible, technically as well as financially.
Instead, if the subway materializes it might solve many problems, feels Wardhane. The Jaistambh Square witnesses huge and haphazard traffic for most parts of the day as the flyover in front of the railway station, the railway over bridge (ROB) connecting Central Nagpur and Kingsway converge here. Besides, there is no easy connectivity between Santra and Cotton markets with Civil Lines due to which citizens have to either take route from Loha pul direction or use the ROB. The subway would connect these markets directly with the railway station's platforms and also to Civil Lines through Kingsway.
Meanwhile, the Central Railway has given approval for laying water pipeline at three stretches of its route at Godhani, Narendra Nagar and Kalamna.
NAGPUR: The detailed project report (DPR) of Nagpur metro rail has been delayed again with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) setting a new deadline of mid-December. The agency was supposed to submit the report to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), the nodal agency, in September. However, the date is being postponed again and again.
Meanwhile, city MP Vilas Muttemwar will move a calling attention motion in Lok Sabha next week. He will also raise issues related to the project, including setting up the central metro station on Central Jail land, underground metro in crowded areas, etc. Delay in preparation of DPR of will also be raised. He had sought more central funds from the project in the last session.
NIT chairman Pravin Darade told TOI that DMRC was having some problems with transport density figures but it was expected to be sorted out soon. "We should get the report by December 15," he said. So far DMRC had not cited any reason for delay just saying the work was taking more time than expected.
Meanwhile, Muttemwar said that he had been following upissue constantly. "DMRC officials told me that the DPR had to be prepared in great detail. It could not afford to rush it. The corporation is preparing DPRs of several cities. It is also sought additional data like report, location of railway lines, telephone lines, etc. "Geological survey is important because the soil strata must be known to determine whether an underground or elevated track can be laid there," he explained.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between NIT and DMRC for preparing the DPR was signed on February 22. At that time DMRC had promised to submit the DPR by September. After preliminary formalities, DMRC started traffic surveys from March 17. Two types of surveys were conducted- screen line volume count and turning volume count. Then DMRC conducted outer cordon, parking and door-to-door surveys. All the five surveys were completed by June - on time - and then DMRC started the actual preparation of DPR in New Delhi.
Screen line volume count was done at railway overbridges, flyovers, railway underbridges, nullah crossings, etc. The turning volume count was done at prominent squares and traffic junctions. Apparently, DMRC feels that there are some errors in the results and hence is reconciling the figures.
September: NIT andon February 22. DMRC promises to submit DPR in September. Completes five surveys by June. DPR submission postponed to October in August. DMRC just says work is taking longer than expected.
October:postponed to mid-November. DMRC gives same reason and fixes the next date in late November. Gives no specific reason.
November: Revised DPR submission date to mid-December. Cites errors in traffic density figures.
The plan aims to meet the transport requirements of the city and the metro region till 2032. The cost estimated on current prices is Rs12,500 crore. The CMP has divided the measures into three stages -(5 years), medium term (5 to 10 years) and long term (10 to 30 years).
The measures include road widening, synchronization of traffic signals, increase in number of city buses and bus stops, bus rapid transport system (BRTS), separate lane of bicycles and cycle rickshaws and making bicycles available on rent and metro railway.
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The plan has been drafted on the basis of in depth traffic survey. Around 48% adults use two-wheelers and 25% use bicycles. The CMP aims to make this segment use
NAGPUR: The Nagpur metro rail project is not going to take off in near future as Central government has found the very model unviable. TOI had highlighted this fact earlier. A senior official of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) had impressed this fact upon Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) last month.
On Wednesday, a high level meeting of officials of union urban development ministry (MoUD), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and NIT was convened in which the ministry officials asked DMRC to make major changes in the project. Its basic suggestion is that the city has to grow along the metro corridors so that more and more people use this mode of transport. For this places of work must be located along the corridor and feeder bus services must be available from the metro stations to adjoining areas. The viability also has to be increased by increasing the non-fare revenue by making commercial use of space acquired for the project.
The problem is that Nagpur metro rail's financial internal rate of return (FIRR) is just 0.47% against minimum requirement of 8%. FIRR is the money that the operating agency will get from metro railway. Centre had earlier sanctioned metro rail projects with less than 8% FIRR but it found out that the implementing agencies sought viability gap funding after some time.
The ministry officials once again made it clear that the government won't bridge the revenue gap by extra funds. This decision makes it difficult to start work on the project in 2014 and complete it by 2019.
NIT officials said that DMRC will now have to collect extra data to make changes in the DPR. "We will convene two to three meetings to discuss the changes. A team of DMRC may come to Nagpur for this purpose," he said.
The official, however, contended that MoUD's requirement did not pose a major hurdle. "We already have a transit oriented development (TOD) plan. We will increase the floor to space index (FSI) within a distance of 0.5km on both sides of metro corridor to concentrate development along it. Revenue from government land will also be included in the project," he said.
On why DMRC's DPR does not meet the requirements of Central government, he said, "Our internal rate of return (IRR) is a healthy 16%."
Nagpur is not the only city whose metro rail model has been rejected by MoUD. In Wednesday's meeting, the ministry officials asked DMRC to make changes in DPRs of Pune and some other cities. In each case the MoUD does not find the project viable.