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Nagpur Metro

Nagpur Metro Rail
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Overview
Locale Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 36
Daily ridership 363,000 (projected)
Headquarters Near Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur
Website http://www.metrorailnagpur.com
Operation
Operation will start 2018 (estimated)
Operator(s) Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited(NMRCL)
Train length 3 coaches initially
Technical
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Nagpur Metro (Marathi: नागपूर मेट्रो) is a proposed rapid transit system for the city of Nagpur, India.[1] It is estimated to cost 86.80 billion (US$Lua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). billion).[2] In February 2014, the Government of Maharashtra gave approval for the Metro Project,[3] while Government of India's Ministry of Urban Development has given "In Principle" approval for the Project.[4] On 20 August 2014, Union Cabinet gave approval for the development of project, and PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone on 21 August on his visit to city.[2]

History

On 22 February 2012, the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) signed an agreement with Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation (DMRC) to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the metro in Nagpur.[5] The Central Ministry has allocated 24 million (US$380,000) to the State Government for carrying out the DPR work.

Detailed Project Report

Accordingly, the DMRC submitted the report to the nodal agecy Nagpur Improvement Trust on 12 February 2013.[6] The total cost of the project is estimated at around 90 billion. The project comprises two routes, viz. Automotive square, Kamptee to MIHAN Metro depot and Prajapati Nagar, East Wardhaman Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar, Hingna. There would be 17 stations on route no. 1 with a terminal cum depot at MIHAN and 19 stations on route no. 2 with a terminal cum depot at Lokmanya Nagar. A cross major station is proposed at Munje Square where the 2 routes would meet and the commuter would be able to exchange the routes.

It is expected that 12.21 percent of Nagpur's estimated population of 2.9 million in 2021, i.e., around 363,000 commuters would use the Metro by 2021.

Plan

To execute the project, the Cabinet approved setting up of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL). NMRCL is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for the smooth implementation and operations of the Nagpur Metro Rail Project and is a joint venture of Government of India & Government of Maharashtra, with 50:50 equity. NMRCL shall be solely responsible for the successful and timely completion of the project & its operations subsequently.

The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2018.[2]

Why Nagpur Metro

Nagpur, the second capital of the state of Maharashtra is also the third largest city in the state and 13th largest urban conglomeration in India with area of 217 Sq. km while the Nagpur Metro Region has a population of around 35 lakhs and an area of around 3576 Sq. km. The city boasts of being the geographical center of the nation along with being the ‘Orange City’ as well as the ‘Tiger Capital of India’ as it is a Gateway to several tiger reserves in Central India. MIHAN (Multi-modal International Cargo Hub at Nagpur) Project is all set to give a big boost to the economic development of the region in general and the city in particular by creating employment potential of at least 2 lakh jobs.

With the growing economic activity, it is necessary to plan for the infrastructure development so as to support the growth of the city. One of the major impacts of economic development will be increased traffic on the city roads. Currently the Public Transportation System contributes only 10% of the total trips . The motorized transport is dominated by two wheelers (28%) and so is the vehicle ownership in the city (84% of all owned vehicles are two wheelers).

Thus there is a need for a safe, reliable, efficient, affordable, commuter friendly and environmentally sustainable rapid public transport system for the Nagpur Metro Region.

Metro Rail Expenditure

The Total Expenditure of the Project is estimated to Rs. 8680 Cr. with the Central Government and State Government each contributing 20% share in the form of equity and subordinate debt. Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Improvement Trust each giving 5% share of the expenditure while the rest 50% is being financed by loan.[7]

Routes

The DMRC in its Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted to Nagpur Improvement Trust has suggested to start the construction work on both the routes simultaneously contradicting the prior suggestion of phase wise development.[8]

Corridor 2 (East West): Prajapati Nagar — Lokmanya Nagar

Route Length — 18.557 kilometers
Number of Stations — All Elevated
Link to other Corridors — At Munje Square

S.No Station Route
1 Prajapati Nagar Elevated
2 Vaishno Devi Chowk Elevated
3 Ambedkar Chowk Elevated
4 Telephone Exchange Elevated
5 Chitaroli Square Elevated
6 Agrasen Square Elevated
7 Dosar Vaisya Square Elevated
8 Nagpur Railway Station Elevated
9 Sitabuldi (Interchange) Elevated
10 Jhansi Rani Square Elevated
11 Institute of Engineers Elevated
12 Shankar Nagar Square Elevated
13 LAD Square Elevated
14 Dharampeth Science College Elevated
15 Subhash Nagar Elevated
16 Rachana Apartment Elevated
17 Vasudev Nagar Elevated
18 Bansi Nagar Elevated
19 Lokmanya Nagar, Depot Elevated

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