Nagpur (NGP): Residents of Orange City can now hope to soon travel by metro rail. Work on the prestigious project will start on Sunday in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
Brajesh Dixit, Managing Director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), said the initial construction phase included erection of retaining walls, boundary walls and movement of earthwork at Mihan depot. “Then Airport-Khapri-Mihan depot stretch on north-south corridor will be constructed. This section is at grade (ground level). This will be followed by construction of three bridges including railway over bridge (ROB) over Concor siding at Khapri. The design has been prepared by RITES and the work will be executed by Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Constructions,” he told the media.
Construction is the next step after the geotechnical survey of the metro rail, which had started on May 16. The survey is done to understand the surface and subsurface of the site by obtaining site data through soil sampling and laboratory tests. The data is used to build the foundation of the overhead constructions.
Presently, DMRC is preparing the tender for appointment of general consultant. After the Airport-Mihan stretch is over, work will begin on the remaining portion, which is elevated. Its design will be prepared by the general consultant. The tender process will continue while construction of grade stretch goes on.
NMRCL board meeting
The second board meeting of NMRCL was held in New Delhi on Friday. Several issues, including large scale use of solar energy at railway stations, expansion of the company’s board of directors, etc, were discussed.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the French agency AFD was in Delhi to discuss the funding of Nagpur, Kochi and Bangalore metro rails. It held meetings with senior urban development bureaucrats. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France, AFD has decided to increase the credit to Indian agencies to two million Euros.