Nagpur Metro rail project to come up before general public for citizens’ say

नागपुर Nagpur (NGP): The city’s ambitious metro rail project will soon come up before the general public to elicit their views and objections. The state urban development department has prepared two notifications and will invite suggestions and objections on the two proposed corridors and increase in floor space index (FSI) to 4 for plots within 500 meter radius on each side of the two corridors.

Meanwhile, the project’s nodal agency Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has sent a proposal to the state government to raise loan of 50% of total project cost from Japan-based Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) chairman Pravin Darade, who has been instrumental in planning the project, told two notifications will be issued in a day or two by the state urban development department. One is alignment notification and other transit oriented development (TOD) notification. Metro rail is proposed along two corridors, 19.65km from Automotive Square to MIHAN along Indora, KP, Sitabuldi, Khamla and Airport, and 18.55km from Prajapati Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar along Central Avenue, Sitabuldi, North Ambazari Road and Hingna Road.

Citizens can submit suggestions and objections to these two corridors within 60 days from the notification. Similarly, there is a proposal to give 4 FSI on the two corridors and suggestions and objections will be invited from citizens for the changes in FSI.

“Citizens can submit suggestions and objections at NIT office or with the government. Hearings of those submitting suggestions and objections will be conducted. Then the government will give final approval to the two proposals,” he said.

NIT superintending engineer SS Gujjalwar said process to raise loan of 50% of total project cost will begin with JICA after government approval. “Centre and state’s share is 20% each and NMC and NIT’s share is 5% each in the project. Remaining 50% will be raised through loan from JICA,” he said.

JICA provides technical and financial aid to developing countries to implement projects and it is one of the top financiers for Delhi metro rail project.

Interestingly, NIT has considered the old project cost of Rs 8,680 crore approved by the central government, and not the revised cost of Rs 10,526 crore for the loan proposal. Darade said metro region project can be expedited once it gets the state government’s approval.

Meanwhile, the government has transferred Darade, who will be replaced by Aurangabad municipal commissioner Dr Harshdeep Kamble.