Nagpur: The Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have jointly hammered out a solution to the nagging Manish Nagar Railway Crossing problem. The nearby residents and other people felt hassled and heckled while waiting and crossing the ever busy Railway Crossing. The Managing Director of NMRC Brujesh Dixit, while briefing media on Wenesday, said that the NMRC and NHAI have planned a project in joint partnership in order to resolve the problem. According to Dixit, once the project is completed, it will not only ease the ever increasing traffic flow but enhance the connectivity between metro and road.
The National Highway Authority of India has given permission for construction of an over-bridge at Manish Nagar Railway Crossing. The bridge will have connectivity with the Metro Rail that has been proposed to run on an elevated route on Wardha Road. Moreover, the proposed bridge on Manish Nagar Railway Crossing will be constructed on the lines of elevated route. Similarly, a 3.5 km elevated route beginning from Ajni Square to Pride Hotel road including the flyover will be constructed. This elevated route will be used by the Metro Rail without creating hurdles in the smooth road traffic. With this facility, people coming from Manish Nagar can go to either Sitabuldi or Wardha direction from a main point to be based at Somalwada Square. If the citizens wish to have Metro Rail connectivity they could do so by walking to an upper floor from where the elevated route is being constructed. According to Dixit, this kind of connectivity has been done in Jaipur and will be done in Nagpur as well. However, for this work, a portion of the existing flyover in front of Saibaba Temple will have to be demolished. “Talks in this direction are going on and the construction will begin soon,” said the Managing Director of NMRC.
The pillar height:
The Nagpur Metro has been planned to be run on an elevated route. The height of pillars will be of 13.5 feet at other places but the height of pillars will be maintained at 18 feet in this 3.5 km segment. According to Dixit, this additional increase in pillar height will certainly increase the cost of the Metro project. Similarly, the NHAI is constructing bridges at Pardi and Kamptee from where the proposed Metro Rail is likely to pass, said Dixit. He further said that once the track of Metro Rail is constructed it will be impossible for NHAI to build the bridges. Hence efforts are being made for simultaneous construction of Metro track and the bridges to ease the traffic problems.
The Managing Director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Brujesh Dixit further told media that 77 percent of required land for Metro project has been acquired while land belonging to Central Railway, PKV, NIT-NMC remained to be acquired. But it will be acquired soon, said Dixit.
Work from Khapri to Airport commenced:
The necessary construction work from Khapri to Airport having 5-km stretch has commenced under the first phase of Metro Project. A permanent office has been set up there and employees have been deployed. Similarly, boundary wall work is going on and the process of tendering is under progress, stated the Managing Director Brujesh Dixit.