Nagpur: Work on the ambitious Metro Rail is expected to gather speed with Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) signing an agreement with its general project consultant (GC), which is a consortium of four firms — Systra, Egis, Aecom and RITES. The brief of the GC is vast, and it will supervise almost every aspect of the project.
The services include preparing and finalizing the various tenders. It is also expected to carry out complete checks, verification and approval of all designs, including civil, rolling stock (engines and wagons), certification of vendor sources and inspection of vendors items wherever needed, supervision of all construction activities, including installation of systems, commissioning of rolling stock, and ensuring that all standards are met. It will also supervise system trials and ensure that the commissioning of the entire line in stages as per the target dates. Scope will also include automatic fare collection (AFC) system.
NMRCL intends to exploit the space within Metro premises commercially. This activity may be taken up either along with or other project activities. The designs for the project should make provision for subsequent property development too. The GC will have to frame proposals for the same.
Integration of other modes of transport to improve accessibility and ridership of the Metro rail is a major aim. The NMRCL also aims to have common ticketing of various modes of travel, including Metro, bus, other forms of rail-based urban transport, taxis, etc. This is to ensure seamless travel for commuters. GC will suggest the best methodology to achieve this.
The design of the terminal stations of the Metro rail should be such that any subsequent extension of the lines could be implemented with the least expenditure. The GC will prepare plans for disaster management, security, safety, health and environment management. It will also assist NMRCL in coordinating with NHAI to construct flyovers.