Nagpur Metro|Govt. agencies creating obstacles in metro rail construction

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Nagpur: Officials of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) may be working hard to keep up with the deadline, but the casual attitude of other government agencies has already started delaying the project. Along with urban development department, revenue department and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) too has joined the list of agencies responsible for current delays.

NHAI has decided to build a T-shaped Manish Nagar railway overbridge. One portion is a flyover on Wardha Road, which will begin from Chhatrapati Square and end at the airport. The Corridor 1 of metro rail is also along this portion.

NMRCL has floated tenders for construction of the Airport-Sitabuldi stretch and for appointment of general consultant. Bidders for both tenders need the design of the NHAI flyover so that the metro corridor of this portion can be designed. However, NHAI is yet to submit its designs.

NHAI project director M Chandrashekhar, however, denied this and said, “We have submitted the design to NMRCL.”

The work of metro rail’s Mihan-Airport section, whose construction has started, may also be delayed due to delay in announcement of Mihan relief package. Some 25 houses located opposite Khapri railway station need to be removed for construction of the metro rail corridor. While the land has been acquired on paper, the house owners have not received compensation yet, so they have not moved out.

Also, the SRPF is yet to hand over its firing range for construction of Hingna metro rail depot while the UDD is yet to approve increased floor to space index (FSI) along the metro corridor.

NMRCL managing director Brijesh Dixit admitted that the project was facing challenges but claimed that other government agencies were cooperating with his agency. “These problems will be solved in due course,” he said.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has expressed interest in funding Nagpur metro rail. It is holding a meeting with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Agency (MMRDA) on August 6 and has asked whether Dixit can meet its officials on that day.

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