Nagpur: Considering the requirements in near future, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari has suggested for developing Ajni Railway station into an ‘Inter Model station’ and Khapri in a ‘Logistics Hub’. Along with the same, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced every possible help from state government for the implementation of policies for the development of state.
The above mentioned announcements were made at an event organised on the topic ‘Multi-Model Hub’ in Hotel Radisson Blu. Gadkari has also announced that the road connecting Tukdoji Square to Vanjari Nagar will be extended to Ajni R.O.B. CM Fadnavis has assured that the work orders of these projects will be completed till March 2018 and the ‘Ground Breaking Ceremonies’ will be held soon after. N.H.A.I. gave a presentation of the projects in the event.
Chief General Manager of Bharatmala, Manoj Kumar gave detailed information about Multi-Model Hub. Bharatmala is a name given to ambitious road and highways project of Modi Government. The total investment for the Bharatmala plan is estimated at Rs10 trillion—the largest ever outlay for a government road construction scheme. “In absence of apt steps taken in road and goods transportation, traffic problems in Nagpur have increased. We are, thus, planning Inter model station’ and ‘Logistics Hub’”, said Kumar.
He also informed that Railway possesses 450 acres of land in Ajni and IMS (Inter Model Station) will require merely 50-60 acres of land. As a result of its establishment, passengers will have the facility of Metro Station, Ring Road and Railway station from the same place. Multi-level Parking and Commercial Complexes will be included in the same. Gadkari and Fadnavis also stated that as the Jail and H.P.C.L. are being moved to outskirts of the city, the land which will be vacant would also be utilised for the projects.
Gadkari has also suggested Brijesh Dixit, Director, Majhi Metro to begin planning for second phase of metro. He also stated that commercial land will be made available for connecting Kanhaan, Butibori, Koradi and Kapsi via metro.
During the event, it was also informed that Rs. 1400 croes will be spent on construction of Ajni and Khapri projects. The Bharatmala project will start from Gujarat and Rajasthan, move to Punjab and then cover the entire string of Himalayan states – Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand – and then portions of borders of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alongside Terai, and move to West Bengal , Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and right up to the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and Mizoram. Special emphasis will be given on providing connectivity to far-flung rural areas including the tribal and backward areas.
According to government officials working out the details of the scheme, the total road length to be developed as expressways under Bharatmala will be around 51,000 km. In the first phase 29,000 km will be developed with an outlay of Rs5.5 trillion.