Nagpur: The much awaited demolition of flyover opposite Western front of Nagpur railway station how now stuck in babushahi of NMC. The demolition work was scheduled to begin from September 25 but now the date may be pushed forward due to consisdent delay from NMC’s end. Only 15 days remain for the work and the next general body meeting of the NMC is scheduled for September 24. In this situation, it appears impossible to complete entire formalities in one day.
Union road transport & highways, shipping and water resources, river development & Ganga rejuvenation minister Nitin Gadkari had fixed September 25 as the date to start the demolition work of railway station flyover after handing it over to Maha-Metro.
The minister had also sanctioned Rs 234.21 crore from the Central Road Fund (CRF) to construct a six-lane cemented road from Jaistambha Square to Manas Square to make the railway station and its adjoining area smart.
The Union minister had instructed the NMC to hand over the flyover demolition and construction of six-lane road to Mahe Metro with proper rehabilitation of affected shopkeepers.
As per the proposal, the Ramjhula will be extended up to Kasturchand Park and six-lane road will be constructed from Jaistambha Square to Manas Square.
For this NMC will have to acquire land from Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and other adjoining areas.
One push box under bridge parallel to Lohapul will also be constructed and all the projects need long time to complete. The rehabilitation of shopkeepers will be top most priority and Maha-Metro has been entrusted with the job.
But it appears that NMC is not serious to demolish the fly-over after August 22 meet-ing with Union minister. If NMC shows proactiveness, the agreement with Maha-Metro and other land acquisition work will complete before Diwali and the flyover demolition work will begin only after Diwali.
The project may face stiff hurdle, if MPSRTC, MSRTC refuse to give land. Railways too need to give some parts of its land for the project.