Nagpur: With a joint initiative of World Resources Institute (WRI), which has signed an MoU with Mahametro for capacity building, and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, a two day workshop on ‘Enhancing the access and connectivity of Mahametro’ was held. The specialists of WRI feel that transit-oriented development (TOD) is vital for the success of Nagpur Metro. As is being claimed by them, all the successful Metro systems in the world have TOD.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Brijesh Dixit, Administrative Director, said that it is more important to join the people of all the sections of society than the construction of metro stations and lying of lines. He also said that metro is important as it will save the travel time, reduce the threats of accident as well as decrease the pollution being caused by several vehicles running on road.
“Under TOD, pedestrians and cyclists should be your priority rather than two-wheeler and four-wheeler owners. Providing last-mile connectivity through integration of public transport is very important. The roads should be safe with functional street lights. Public spaces should be usable and easily accessible. You have to preserve the cultural and environmental aspects” said WRI expert Prerna Mehta.
Earlier in the morning, a tripartite MoU was signed between Mahametro, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and WRI. Mahametro managing director Brijesh Dixit, chief executive officer (CEO) of NMC’s Smart City special purpose vehicle and Chhavi Dhingra of WRI signed it.