Nagpur Metro: NMRC has decided to appoint DMRC & RITES as interim consultant

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Nagpur: Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has decided to appoint Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and central government company RITES as interim consultants for the city’s metro rail project.

NMRCL Managing Director Brajesh Dixit told that DMRC would prepare the global tender for selection of general consultant while RITES would design the Airport-Khapri stretch of the metro and then prepare the tender for selection of contractor to build this stretch. “The two companies would inform us about their fee soon,” he said.

Earlier, NMRCL had decided to get this work done from a single company. Quotations were to be sought from DMRC, RITES and Urban Mass Transport Corporation (UMTC). Later, it was decided to drop UMTC and divide the work between the other two so that the task gets completely at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the district administration has identified alternate land for State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) firing range near Karli village in Kalmeshwar taluka. Shyam Wardhane, chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), is also keeping his options open, in case there is some problem in acquiring the land, and other locations need to be considered.

NMRCL needs SRPF’s 26.7 hectare land for its depot on the Lokmanya Nagar (near Hingna) to Prajapati Nagar stretch. District administration has sent proposal to the state government for acquiring the land and only formality remains. The metro corporation does not need the land immediately as work would begin on Airport-Khapri stretch first.

Dixit said NMRCL was aware of the importance of the SRPF firing range and land would be given to the paramilitary force by the state government. On alignment marking, the MD said that exercise was completed for both corridors and soon signboards for the 36 metro stations would be erected. “The signboards will create a visible presence of the project for citizens,” he said.

Meanwhile, NIT is busy planning rehabilitation of government institutions that would be partly or completely demolished for construction of the metro. Many buildings in Sitabuldi and Congress Nagar are coming in way of the mass transit project. A part of land belonging to some schools and colleges is also required.

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