Nagpur Metro to run smooth in public arena – no opposition to Metro alignment till date

नागपुर Nagpur (NGP): City’s ambitious metro rail project is set to run smoothly in the public arena. No objections or oppositions were received on the rail’s two alignment notifications in last 30 days. Only two suggestions were received with five more days remaining for submitting suggestions and objections.

The state urban development department had issued two notifications related to metro rail project on September 6. It invited suggestions and objections from the interested citizens on proposed amendment in city’s development plan and also regional plan through the two notifications. The proposed amendment is related to earmarking of metro project’s two corridors– Automotive Square in North Nagpur to MIHAN and Prajapati Nagar in East Nagpur to Lokmanya Nagar in Hingna in the city’s development plan and regional plan.

According to the notifications, the land on which metro rail’s two corridors were proposed to be developed along with stations, parking and commercial zone falls in residential or commercial, semi-public, industrial and no development zone. It is mandatory to make amendments in the city’s development plan and regional plan to change the usage of the lands to metro rail’s routes, stations, parking and commercial zone.

As per notifications, the interested citizens or affected persons can submit suggestions and objections with the office of divisional joint director of town planning at divisional commissionerate, Civil Lines within 30 days from issuing of the notifications. Officials from the commissionerate told suggestions and objections would be entertained till October 12 as gazette notification published on September 12. “Two suggestions have been submitted by two individuals. They suggested changing the metro rail route to Variety Square, or to Law College Square or University Square etc. They had to say students from schools and colleges situated on Amravati Road would benefit if the route was changed in that direction. No objections, however, were received on the two notifications,” the official said.

Interestingly, the office of divisional joint director of town planning has not received the copy of gazette notifications. The office received copy of notification dated September 6 issued by the urban development department but not gazette notifications dated September 12.

The official added that letter was sent to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), nodal agency of the project, to send the copy of gazette notification but no reply was received as on date.

The copies of notifications are available with the office of NIT, NMC, office of divisional joint director of town planning and also on the website of NIT. Even, the map showing two corridors is available on the NIT’s website.

In the next step, the urban development department will issue notification related to transit oriented development (TOD). NIT had proposed to permit four FSI to plots situated in 500 metre radius from each side of the metro project’s two corridors.