Nagpur: The metro work which was expected to run on smooth lines in Nagpur has hit a roadblock. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has already transferred land and given nod for demolishing Tekdi flyover. But looks like the concerned metro officials have forgotten to bring down the structure before starting metro work.
With Tekdi flyover standing tall in front of the Nagpur Railway Station, the overall traffic situation in the area has worsened. This callousness comes despite Union Minister Nitin Gadkari asking authorities to fasten up metro work. NMC which has already received permission to raze down Tekdi Flyover but the concerned authorities have forgotten about the approval.
Ironically, the proposal was passed and cleared by authorities for over two months now. Incidentally, the authorities haven’t begun any procedure; whereas the Metro Rail department has received permission to transfer 70,424 square meters of land.
Are there coordination issues between Nagpur Metro Rail and NMC?
Given the current state of affair, it is evident that there is a lack of coordination between NMC and Metro Rail. NMC has made a decision on transferring land to Metro Rail. But the corporation has not initiated any process of land transfer which is causing the imminent delay in metro work.
Sources in the city share that this lack of coordination is the case of delay. The development works, planned to be taken up on the road subsequent to the demolition of the flyover, have also not been premeditated and finalized.
As per information, NMC was to first bring down the flyover and then hand over the land to Metro officials for metro work.
Is NMC working at a slow pace?
As per the understanding, Metro Rail Corporation has to first provide 5 percent of total project cost to NMC in lieu of land transfer. NMC will receive 50 percent of the revenue generated from malls to be built by Metro officials.
In a meeting, the market department did inform NMC that it had given around 1109 licenses to shop owners at Tekdi flyover. Out of 1109around 135 shop owners are running their businesses from these shops.