NASHIK (Metro Rail News): MahaMetro has set up prototypes for new metros that will come up in tier II and III cities. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) to build this prototype of the Metro Neo station and facilities on about 6,000 sqft at its Hingna depot (the headquarters of Maha Metro) in Nagpur has used two discarded buses which were converted into Metro Neo coaches, station with different entry and exit, information and signboards, and overhead wires to run the rubber-tyred coaches.
Maha Metro managing director Brijesh Dixit said that the project will be launched in Nashik city. “The prototypes of Metro Neo coaches and station are a part of the company’s preparation to implement the project seamlessly in Nashik and in other tier II and tier Ill cities where Maha Metro would be entrusted with such projects,” added Dixit, TOI reported.
Maha Metro is the central agency to implement the Metro Neo project in Nashik city in two years with a cost of Rs 2,100 crore. This project will include two separate elevated corridors of 32km and 30 stations and similar projects are likely to come up in cities like Warangal, Dehradun, and Madurai.
Dixit said that, since the concept is new, it would help the Maha Metro team understand all technical aspects related to the Metro Neo project, and if there is any need for modifications before it is implemented.
“Moreover, various stakeholders who would be involved in the implementation of the project can have a view of the kind of infrastructure that needs to be constructed for this project. These stakeholders can also suggest modifications which can further bring down the project cost without compromising on the quality,” he added.
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Maha Metro has turned two discarded buses into inter connected coaches which resemble the rubber-tyred trolley coaches that would run on an elevated corridor. All the parts used in this project are made in India and therefore is a part of the Make in India policy of the government.