Nagpur: Even as Nagpur Metro Rail Project will complete an year of its commencement on Thursday, the authorities have pinned their hopes on the upcoming Central and State budgets to get Rs 500 crore sanctioned from each of the central and state governments. In addition to it, the project has also sought Rs 50 crore from NIT.
Work on the both the sections of the metro has begun with minimum disturbance to normal traffic even on busy roads like Wardha road.
Metro Man E Sreedharan will be the Chief Guest at Nagpur Metro First Foundation day on 18th February. Speaking at a press conference, Brijesh Dixit, MD, and the anchorman of the prestigious project that will change the face of the city laid down the plans for unique celebrations of the first foundation day.
Dixit also released few depictive photographs on the occasion that showed how the ambitious project would complement the city’s skyline once completed.
Elattuvalapil Sreedharan – Kerala born , completed his Civil Engineering from the University College of Engg., JNTUK, Andhra Pradesh. Later on, Sreedharan joined the Southern Railway as a probationary assistant engineer in the year 1954 after clearing the IES Exams.
Shreedharan came into national limelight at the age of 30 when under his leadership the Pamban bridge connecting Rameshwaram to Tamil Nadu mainland that was severely damaged in a cyclone was repaired by him in just 46 days, when he had been given a target of 90 days! He was recognized for his achievement and hard work with the Railway Minister’s Award. Later, he was the man who built not just the Calcutta metro but also the Delhi one.
On Thursday there will be two interactive sessions by the “Makers of Metro” – the Engineers, the Designers and the team working day and night to make this dream a reality. It will be held at Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur.
Second will be another interactive session “Users of Metro” i.e. the Nagpurians who will be traveling in it, who will share what they want from the metro. Many organizations, NGOs, women’s groups etc. will be participating in this. Both sessions will be followed by Questions and Answers.
Later in the evening, there will be a Round Table discussion on “Nagpur metro and public Support” that will be attended by Ministers, MPs, MLAs and Corporators in the presence of NMRCL management headed by Brijesh Mishra and Dr. E Shreedharan.
At the press conference Mishra spoke about the various important Milestones of The Nagpur Metro. Some of them are about 77% of land needed for the metro has been acquired without any dispute. Land acquired belong to Morris College grounds, Fovt. Technical school and Patwardhan High School.
Delegation of KFW, German Man and European Investment Bank from Luxemborg has visited Nagpur Metro and approved in principle to fund it. A delegation from Trade and Industry of Japan has also been on a visit for detailed study of Nagpur Metro project.
Nagpur Metro is the first project to be considered eligible for acquiring funds under the ODA Plus Loan plan.
Airport Authority of India has granted NOC to the metro rail alignment near the proposed New Airport. This NOC was critical for construction of metro rail elevated corridor near CONCOR siding and Khapri Railway station. It is apparent from viewing them that the Nagpur metro will be unique and will attract many tourists to Nagpur just to view the completed project.
It will also be a boon to the city where commuters have to brave the brutal Nagpur summers to travel to work or students to go to college. It will ease traffic congestion and save the city from fossil fuel emissions that has become such a problem for metros like Delhi and Bangalore.