NAGPUR (Metro Rail News): Maha Metro Nagpur has been awarded consultancy for the Metro Neo project in Warangal, State of Telangana. This was announced after a high-power meeting held at Hyderabad by the Government of Telangana, yesterday (9th December).
Thus Maha Metro’s capability, experience and innovative solution in providing economical, safe, reliable rubber-tire Metro have been recognized not only within Maharashtra but also in other parts of India.
The first state other than Maharashtra, to recognize Maha Metro expertise in finding cost-effective solution for Metro services, thus, is Telangana State where presentation was made by Maha Metro team consisting of MD Dr. Brijesh Dixit and Director (Project) Shri Mahesh Kumar yesterday in presence of Hon Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development Hon Shri KT Rama Rao, elected representatives, Principal Secretary, Shri Arvind Kumar and other senior IAS officials of State of Telangana.
Thereafter Hon Minister requested Maha Metro to take up the assignment of preparation of Detail Project Report (DPR) for rubber tire metro for Warangal district for a length of 10-15 km. It’s a matter of great satisfaction that a cost-effective solution which is at a one-third cost as compared to the conventional system is being planned in Warangal district, other than Nasik district of Maharashtra state. The cost of the conventional Metro project being executed by other states is Rs.250 crore per km, while Maha Metro is executing the same project at Rs.180 crore per km. Metro Neo will cost just Rs.72 crore per km.
It may be recalled that a high-level delegation of elected representatives and officials from Telangana had visited the Nagpur Metro project last month (19th November) for the study of the Double Decker system and overall Metro Project work. The team held extensive discussions with Maha Metro officials, where the presentation was given followed by site visits. The team was quite impressed with the project and had sought Maha Metro help in building similar infrastructure work in Telangana state. Soon after Nagpur’s visit, Maha Metro team was invited by Telangana Chief Minister Shri K Chandrashekar Rao for a detail presentation on the innovative solution prepared by Maha Metro.
In a recent meeting held at Delhi by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), this cost-effective solution named `Metro Neo’ was accepted for Tier-II and Tier-III cities of India. Even for Tier-I cities, it can be adopted as a feeder service. The model developed for Nasik was discussed on various forums and Government of India on 21st August 2019, constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Brijesh Dixit for standardization of detail specifications for Rubber-Tyre Mass Rapid Transportation System (MRTS) with a view to implementing this across India. It may be recalled that the Government of Maharashtra has already entrusted the task of providing Metro Neo transport system for Nasik to Maha Metro.
Thus after successfully concluding DPR work for Thane and Metro Neo project for Nasik, Maha Metro has bagged yet another prestigious work in Telangana State. As part of the Metro Neo project, the length of Bus Coaches will be 25/18 meter with carrying capacity of 200/300 passengers. The buses run on rubber-tire and draw power from overhead electric wire having 600-750 V DC supply. The buses take power from overhead electric wire similar to the railway system.
With Warangal, Telangana Maha Metro has yet another feather in its cap. With the Nagpur project being executed successfully, this development is a big milestone for Maha Metro.