Nagpur: The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) not only aims to provide the city a modern mass transport system but also construct the tallest building in the city. It aims to construct a 20-storeyed building atop the Sitabuldi metro station at Munje Square. The effective height of the tower will be around 25 storeys. At present, the tallest buildings in the city are the five residential towers in Anandam City, which are G+19 structures.
NMRCL managing director Brijesh Dixit told that the two corridors of metro rail will cross at Munje Square and hence, will have a huge passenger load and excellent connectivity to other parts of the city. “We want to take advantage of the location and construct the building on this spot. The building will have a viewers’ gallery on the terrace. The building itself will house shops, offices, hotels, restaurants, etc. It will become a good revenue source for us,” he elaborated.
“The two corridors will cross at about 5 metres above the Maharashtra Bank building. The metro trains coming out of the building will be wonderful sight. We will hold a global competition of architects to design the landmark building,” the MD said.
Munje Square station is not the only one that NMRCL plans to make a landmark one. “The Ambazari station will have a walkway at the height of 15 metres that will provide wonderful view of the lake and its surroundings. It will have a glass wall for visitors. Here, too, we will construct a commercial centre,” the MD told.
NMRCL is aware of the acute shortage of parking space in the city and its consequence on availability of the same for metro stations. It is thinking of innovative solutions to overcome this problem. “We are thinking of creating underground parking areas under some of the city gardens,” Dixit said.
Dixit further said that he had recently met with divisional commissioner Anup Kumar and district collector Sachin Kurve to discuss the issues related with transfer of revenue land to Nagpur Metro. Sanjay Darade, commandant of SRPF Nagpur, was also present in the meeting. “Very good progress was made in the meeting towards land requirement of NMRCL for car depot at Hingna,” he added.
“Another meeting was convened at Metro House with NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar and other officials from NMC. The issues related with transfer of land owned by NMC were discussed. Shifting of utilities like street lights, electric supply lines, water pipelines, sever, etc coming in the metro alignment was discussed in detail. The provision of parking near proposed station areas and feeder bus services were also deliberated in the meeting,” Dixit further said.