MMRCL to conduct ‘Noise and Vibration’ survey

NAGPUR:  Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) will conduct a survey of ‘Noise and Vibration’ through Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in Nagpur. CRRI will start work within next 10 days and submit its report to MMRCL in two months. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) team will arrive in the first week of March to check the trial run of 5.4 kms between South Airport and Khapri stations. The paper work has been completed and after the CMRS inspection, joy ride may start by April.

Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of MMRCL, told mediapersons on the sidelines of third foundation day of MMRCL, “CRRI will conduct survey of the effect of noise and vibration on shops, houses, hospitals, schools, colleges and other sensitive places near the railway track of Nagpur Metro. As per the recommendations, we will place sound barriers appropriately. The sound barriers will be placed on viaduct to reduce noise pollution created by metro rail movement. The metro can also opt for putting mass spring system to reduce vibration.”

Dixit said, the sound barriers will be required in maximum in Central Nagpur areas, North Ambazari, Congress Nagar, and dense locality from which the metro rail shall pass. The permissible noise limit is 65 decibel.  Replying to a question, Dr Dixit said, now, the total length of Metro Rail will be 43 kms with 42 railway stations. Six additional railway stations Cotton Market, Airport South, Eco-Park, Metro City, Hingna Mount View, and Pardi have been sanctioned in Phase-I.

An extra loop or pocket track will be laid in NEERI, Agrasen Square, and Subhash Nagar areas, said Dr Dixit and added that this would be the third track. An extra train can stay there at night to run early the next day. More services will be required in dense localities between Gaddigodam, Sitabuldi, and Rahate Colony. Wardha railway track will be called as ‘Orange Line’ while Hingna rail track will be known as ‘Acqua Line’. This will be helpful for the commuters to board specific train. He also clarified that the height of Jaiprakash Nagar and Vasudeo Nagar railway stations of Metro had been reduced by 80 cms as per the directions of Airport Authority of India (AAI).

Earlier, Dr Dixit inaugurated the third foundation day programme of Metro Rail at Centre Point. Addressing the gathering, he said, MMRCL has come so far and it has to achieve a lot in coming years. The expectations of citizens have increased tremendously. The Metro Rail will provide obstacle-free footpaths to pedestrians to reach metro stations without any fear. It will use extra width of either sides of the road. It will connect railway stations, bus stations, airport to increase ridership from present 10 per cent to 30 per cent. The target is to increase ridership upto 3 lakh. Social worker Dinesh Naidu also expressed his views regarding the project. He appreciated ‘Team Metro’ for fast track construction and believed that it would change the growth story of Nagpur.  Mahesh Kumar, Director (Project); Sunil Mathur, Director (Rolling Stock); S Sivmathan, Director (Finance); Anil Kokate, General Manager (Administration) and others also were present.