Nagpur Metro|Metro Rail project work may dent historical Kasturchand Park

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Nagpur: Untouched for over 100 years, the heritage land of Kasturchand Park is facing threat from Metro Rail. The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) has asked the district administration to allot 2,538.28 sq.ft, which is as big as a residential plot in a middle-class locality, space in KP for metro station works. Activists have opposed the NMRCL’s proposal and threatened to launch an agitation against the district administration.

The district administration has now sought the permission of the state government as well as the heritage conservation committee. The playground is owned by the government and its access is controlled by the district administration.

The heritage conservation committee will meet on Friday to take a decision. It has sought a presentation from the NMRCL.

Managing director of NMRCL Brajesh Dixit told Media that no pillars of metro rail corridor or any major construction will come in KP. “A metro station has been planned between RBI Square and LIC Square. The pillars and station’s main structure will be on the road. We need some land for the construction of approaches like escalators which can come up only if we get a small part of KP,” he said.

It is likely that the compound wall of KP between RBI Square to LIC Square will be razed for this purpose.

The Metro rail project’s north-south corridor will pass through close to KP. The corridor will start from Automotive Square on Kamptee Road and will touch RBI Square after crossing LIC Square and then head towards zero mile. Between RBI square and LIC square, the metro rail will be on the second level as the NHAI is constructing a flyover on this stretch.

Activist Dinesh Naidu, who has been taking a lot of effort for a long time for KP’s conservation and beautification, told Media that he would launch an agitation if any construction is allowed on the ground.

“We have been demanding space for the construction of a public toilet at KP. But the district administration has always turned the proposal down. Considering the historical status of the ground, we did not protest,” he said.

Naidu also said that the district administration should take public opinion before taking any decision on the NMRCL proposal. “KP is a valuable property. There is lot of space around KP for works related to Metro Rail. The NMRCL could construct a metro station near the Satkar guesthouse as there is a lot of place available,” he said.

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