Nagpur Metro: NMC revives Morris College-University link road project

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Nagpur (NGP): Motorists headed to Dharampeth or Amravati road from railway station and facing congestion at Variety Square — especially on the patch from the busy square to Morris College T-point will end soon. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation is working on an alternative 700 metre long and 18 metre wide road from Morris College T-point to University road.

A senior officer from NMC’s public works department said that the move was part of civic body’s effort to strengthen the road network with construction and widening of development plan roads at around 50 places. “We have already started working on the project,” he said. The department has already started taking possession of land from BSNL, Mure Memorial hospital, Nagpur University, Institute of Science, Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences. NMC has also started demolishing the compound walls of these institutions for construction of the road. The road was mooted a couple of years ago but the plan went into cold storage. It is now being revived.

Though the Development Plan (DP) for roads was old, both the civic agencies Nagpur Improvement Trust and NMC did nothing to implement it for years. Now, NMC is taking up development of many existing roads. “The civic administration also wants to build more roads in areas where congestion is more,” said the officer.

Similarly, NMC has also planned to connect South Ambazari road with Ajni Railway station. If done, it would ease congestion on Central Bazaar road and Wardha road. Anand Talkies road too would see less pressure as the NMC will widen 400 metre patch from Munje Chowk to Humpyard Road. At present the width of this road is three metres, which forces motorists to use Dhantoli or Hotel Hardeo Road.

The district guardian minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule will convene a meeting on April 13 in this regard, the officer said. All the zonal offices of the NMC have been told to compile a data of DP roads in their jurisdictions. Sources said that Laxmi Nagar zone has around 18 DP roads. Similarly, there are 16 in Dhantoli, 13 in Nehru Nagar, 12 in Ashi Nagar, seven in Dharampeth, three in Gandhibagh, and one in Hanuman Nagar zones.

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