Two lines with 30 Stations approved for Nashik Metro

Fadnavis requests PM to put city Nashik Metro on fast track. MMRCL aims at providing connectivity to the rapidly growing city.

NASHIK: Chief Minister Devendra Fadvanis has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the ambitious Nashik Metro project get the Centre’s approval soon.

Fadnavis made the request while addressing a gathering in Mumbai on Saturday during the foundation-laying ceremony of the three Metro lines by the PM. “The state government has sent the details of the Nashik Metro project to the Union government for its nod. I would request our prime minister to give his blessings to the project and ensure that it gets the Centre’s approval as soon as possible,” said Fadnavis.

The state cabinet recently approved the detailed project report (DPR) of the Rs 2,100-crore Nashik Metro project, known as Metro Neo. MahaMetro is the implementing agency.

The Centre’s green signal is mandatory as it will be partly funding the project. While Rs 552 crore would be provided by the state government, the Centre would chip in with Rs 388 crore. The remaining amount would be raised as loans.

Some overseas financial institutions have already shown interest in investing in the project.

“The Nashik Metro is the first hybrid metro project in the country and it will cover nearly 40 km. This project would be a game-changer for the city’s internal mass transport system as it would even connect the smaller roads of the city,” stated Fadnavis adding that such hybrid metro projects are even conducive for cities like Kalyan, Dombivilli, Bhiwandi etc.

Under the project, aimed at providing connectivity to the rapidly growing city, two trackless elevated corridors will be developed, a government statement said.

One of the corridors is between Gangapur and Nashik (line 1) of 22.5 km length which will have 20 stations. The line 2, of 10.5 km length, will be laid between Gangapur and Mumbai Naka, which will have 10 stations, it said.

He added that the Nashik city’s Metro project is eco-friendly and sustainable.

The Nashik Metro is the first of its kind project in the country where rubber-tyred swanky AC bus would run on two elevated corridors instead of conventional metro rail coaches that run on tracks. The buses would run on electricity and draw power from overhead wires.

In his speech, Modi had complimented the state government for changes that are being brought about in infrastructure.

According to Modi, the Centre’s thrust is on making huge investments in the next five years to improve the infrastructure of cities to give a further boost to connectivity, productivity, sustainability and safety.