Nagpur: While the fare of metro railway will be decided by a high level committee, officials of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) have indicated they would be comparable to autorickshaw fare per person. Addressing a public interaction programme at Dhantoli, Shirish Apte, public relations officer (PRO), gave an example, “If a three-seater autorickshaw takes Rs 90 for going to railway station then per person the fare comes to Rs 30. The metro railway fare will be comparable to this over the same stretch. The exact fare will be decided by a committee headed by a retired high court judge as per the Metro Railway Act.”
The official further said that monthly, three-monthly passes would be issued as the agency wanted long term business from commuters. The commuters will be able to pay the fare of feeder service and bicycles (wherever available) through the metro rail smart card. “Only 30% of our reveneue will come from tickets. The rest will be from other sources and hence the fare will be affordable,” he added.
NMRCL has been organizing such programmes at localities situated near metro rail stations. This was the ninth in the series and was organized with the cooperation of corporators Sandip Joshi and Safalta Ambatkar. NMRCL, which was represented by Apte and Kapil Chandrayan, faced a barrage of questions from Dhantoli residents on a host of issues. Many were irrelevant as some pertained to agencies that have no relation with NMRCL.
Residents of one of the buildings of Congress Nagar Square complained that their building was being demolished to save the New English High School and demanded that the Congress Nagar station should be opposite Ajni railway station. NMRCL asked them to give a submission in writing. Corporator Joshi wondered why the distance between Congress Nagar and Rahate Colony stations was hardly 1.5 km.
Apte said that going by the experience of metro railways elsewhere the distance should be between 950 to 1200 metres to reduce the use of two- wheelers. On a doctor’s query about noise pollution, the NMRCL officials said the metro rail engine’s noise would be far lower than that of a normal railway engine because it would be far less powerful. “As for vibrations, it will be less where the track is straight.
The at grade stretch also it will have low vibrations,” Apte said. Some citizens wondered why Civil Lines, which had so many government offices, did not have metro rail connectivity. The officials said that the locality would be covered by feeder service.