Nagpur (NGP): A three-member team of the French Development Agency (AFD), which may fund city’s metro rail project, has suggested measures to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation to improve its financial health.
The team comprising AFD’s programme officer Cheikh Dia, project coordinator Julian Le Panerar and project manager Priscilla De Konique met the NMC officials including municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar and mayor Pravin Datke. The team also advised the NMC to prepare a slum upgrade programme for dwellers living alongside the metro rail tracks.
The AFD team is here on a three-day tour to study whether the metro rail plan is financially viable.
On their first day of its visit on Thursday, the team interacted with NMC officials over various topics like taxation, calendar for adopting new norms, urban development projects etc. However, they expressed dismay when the civic officials informed them that the per capita tax in Nagpur is Rs1,000 per person per year.
They also pointed out that by implementing the slum rehabilitation scheme, the civic body could generate huge revenue. Citing examples, they explained that the NMC can construct a scheme where it can rehabilitate dwellers from different slums at one place and exploit other places financially by constructing commercial complexes.
The team also met officials of Urban Mass Transit Corporation and city bus operator Vansh Nimay. The team also visited Maharajbagh road and Mor Bhavan. Later, the team also asked the NMC officials to think about reorienting the feeder path of Starbuses and also try to exploit Monorail and BRTS options. They also sought information like traffic mobility plan, data of vehicles plying in the city, data of passengers travelling in city buses and its tariff structure etc.
During the team’s one-and-a-half-hour stay at the NMC, civic body’s superintending engineer Prakash Urade gave a PowerPoint presentation informing about NMC’s works including river rejuvenation project and Rs2,000 crore Orange Street project. Urade explained that the NMC is also exploring possibility of generating revenue by removing encroachments along Nag River and constructing commercial establishments along the river front.
On March 27, the team will meet officials of the Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). On Saturday, the team will visit Mihan with MADC officials and also meet rickshaw associations and leaders of trade unions.