Nagpur (NGP): Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari welcomed the commencement of work on Nagpur Metro railway on Sunday. Speaking at the Bhoomi Puja ceremony in Chinchbhuvan, both the leaders expressed confidence that the work would be completed in time.
Work on the project commenced on the right side of Khapri railway over bridge (in Chinchbhuvan). Excavation of work for construction of boundary wall of the metro rail corridor began at around 10.30am. The work on this phase is expected to be over in fifteen months.
Fadnavis said that the Nagpur was the first city where work on a second generation metro project had started. “Work on Phase III of Mumbai metro and Pune metro is yet to begin. It is indeed a matter of pride,” he said.
The CM tweeted about beginning of work on metro and assured that the project will be completed on time.
He also reminded his followers that toll on 12 booths had been abolished as promised. Toll on small vehicles on 53 other booths had been scrapped.
Addressing the gathering, he compared the Metro with arrival of railways in Nagpur during British Raj. “Railways ensured connectivity of the city with all parts of the country leading to development. Metro will revolutionize mass transport in the city and make it the second metropolitan city in the state after Mumbai,” he said.
“Our government is developing mass rapid transport facilities in all big cities of the state. A good public transport system is vital for the development of a city,” he said.
Earlier, union minister Gadkari urged the CM to float the tender of international airport as soon as possible. “It is important for the development of the city,” he stressed.
Gadkari urged CM to expedite the rehabilitation of Mihan project affected persons (PAPs). “No person should suffer because of development. Others should not grow rich at the cost of farmers. The cabinet note for rehabilitation package is ready. Now the government should immediately approve it,” he said.
He also told CM that a large number of unauthorized layouts were coming up around the city. “Properties are being registered with the mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) from Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). The layout developer makes money and exits and it is the plot owner who suffers. Government should provide part of the 33% extra premium for green belt regularization to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and NIT. This will help in development of these areas and increase housing stock for poor people,” he said.
Earlier, Brajesh Dixit, managing director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), presented the details of the project. He thanked Tanaji Satre, vice chairman cum managing director of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), for speedily handing over MADC land.