The detailed project report for the proposed metro rail network in the city has been lying with the state government for the last two months, but is yet to be submitted to the Union urban development minister KamalNath. The project can move forward only after it is cleared by the centre and KamalNath’s ministry, which will share the project cost.
Nagpur city MP Vilas Muttemwar confirmed that there has been a delay in submitting the report by the state government. The project report was prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMIRC), the consultant appointed by Nagpur Improvement Trust, which is the nodal agency appointed by the government to execute the project.
“In my last meeting with Kamal Nath in New Delhi, he told me that he was yet to receive the proposal from Maharashtra government. According to his information, the state wanted to present Nagpur and Pune metro proposals together. The Pune project report is also being prepared DMIRC, but that report is yet to be finalized because of public outcry on overground routes and also the fact that a special vehicle to execute the project has not been formed,” said Muttemwar.
The Nagpur report has proposed building of two corridors – east to west and north to south – in the first phase at a cost of around Rs 8,000 crore. The funding from centre is normally to the tune of 20% and rest is to be raised by the state and local agencies, with the project to be implemented through a private player on build-operate-transfer basis. “Once the proposal moves to Delhi, we can plead for a higher viability gap funding from the centre. I have already raised the matter with authorities concerned,” said Muttemwar.
Meanwhile, Haider Ali Dosani, former member of All India Handloom Board, met Kamal Nath in Delhi and urged him to use his good offices to get the DPR from the state. “I told the minister that Nagpur is a major trading hub for at least 48 districts of various regions like Vidarbha, Marathwada, parts of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. With the Mihan project also taking shape, the floating population has increased. A reliable and convenient public transport system is badly needed in the city. The minister has promised to look into the matter,” said Dosani, who also thanked Muttemwar for pursuing the matter diligently.