MahaMetro ask MIDC to provide 50 acres of land in Butibori for Metro Rail Coach Factory

NAGPUR: Fed up with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) for not providing land for its coach factory at the Sindi dry port, MahaMetro has asked MIDC to provide 50 acres of land in Butibori. The plot chosen by Metro is adjacent to a railway siding.

A Metro official said that the agency had applied for the Sindi land in September 2018. “The JNPT officials always said that our application was under process but there has been no positive communication so far. They always sought details and raised queries but did not even bother to provide us an estimate,” he added.

Nitin Gadkari was the minister in-charge of JNPT between September 2018 and March 2019 (when the election code of conduct came into force). However, even he could not expedite the process to provide land to Metro. When contacted, JNPT officials refused to comment on the issue.

The official further said that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had promised to provide land at Butibori when he asked China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) to set up a Metro coach manufacturing plant. “When CRRC did not show any interest, the CM and Gadkari asked us to build our own plant. So, now we have sought land from the state government,” he added.

According to the official, the CM will have to ensure that MIDC hands over the land to MahaMetro as soon as possible. “In the tender for the purchase of Pune Metro coaches, we had incorporated a clause that the supplier will have to assemble 75% of the coaches here. Our shed must be ready by the time the supplier is ready with the coaches,” he said.

Meanwhile, the detailed project report (DPR) for the coach assembly plant is ready and will be submitted to the agency’s board in its next meeting. The DPR estimates the first phase of the plant will cost Rs100 crore for the construction of the boundary wall and sheds and for buying cranes. The coach supplier will bring the remaining equipment to Sindi. Pune Metro needs 102 coaches. A 10% discount will be given on the coaches assembled at the plant. It is an initiative under the ‘Make in India’ policy of the central government.

The DPR also states that 40% of the material used in the coaches will have to be procured indigenously. This percentage will increase in future tenders.