Nagpur Metro|NMRC to begin metro rail construction on Wardha Road by December.

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Nagpur: If things continue at the existing pace, work on elevated section of metro rail on Wardha Road will begin in December this year. At present construction of boundary wall is going on along the ground section in Mihan.

Addressing a ‘Meet the Press’ organized by Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) on Saturday, Brijesh Dixit, managing director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), said the tender for Airport to Munje Square (Sitabuldi) section of the metro had been floated and the pre-bid conference had been held.

The construction work will not be a pleasant experience for Nagpurians as NMRCL will block the middle portion. “We will barricade a nine-metre portion in the centre. Two out of six lanes will be blocked. This will cause inconvenience to motorists but it can’t be avoided. We will take help of traffic police for traffic management. If required we will deploy our people. We will use close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) for maximizing safety,” he said.

NMRCL has got Rs60 crore funds so far out of the allocation of Rs500 crore. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is yet to pay a single penny to NMRCL. On the other hand Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has paid Rs15 crore.

Municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar however, said NMC would pay its share this year in form of land. “Six metro stations will solely come up on our land. The inspection of these lands is going on. We have held three meetings with NMRCL in this regard,” the commissioner said. NMC’s 5% share in the Rs8,680 crore project comes to Rs434 crore. Of this Rs350 crore is in the form of land and only Rs84 crore has to be actually paid. NIT will give land worth Rs300 crore to NMRCL.

Another source of funding for NMRCL is the premium for using extra floor to space index (FSI). Dixit said the notification for increasing FSI to 4 along the metro rail corridor will be issued soon. NMRCL requires 84 hectares land, of which 40 hectares is in its possession. The district collector has passed an order for another 30 hectares.

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