Planning Commission clears Nagpur Metro Rail project

नई दिल्ली New Delhi: The Public Investment Board (PIB) of Planning Commission cleared the Nagpur Metro railway proposal on Wednesday and is likely to be tabled before the Union Cabinet on Thursday.

Pravin Darade, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), and Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjelwar are staying back in New Delhi for that.

Darade gave a presentation before the PIB on Wednesday. Other than central government officers, state’s urban development secretary Manukumar Srivastav too was present. The minutes of PIB’s meeting will be prepared and the proposal will be tabled before the union cabinet along with PIB recommendations.

The “Bhoomipuja” for the Nagpur Metro Rail project is slated to be held on August 21. Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi is expected to attend, but confirmation of his visit is yet to be received. Modi is slated to attend several other functions in Vidarbha.

The cost of the metro rail project has increased by around Rs.2000 crore since 2012. NIT has said that the hike will not present any problems for it, but Narendra Borkar, Chairman of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC’s) standing committee, had said that the civic body won’t able to bear the increased cost. The state government has, however, approved the increased cost.

Security beefed up at Nagpur for Narendra Mod’s proposed visit

Advanced Security and Surveillance arrangements have been beefed up in Nagpur town and in the neighbouring areas in view of the proposed visit of Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi on August 21. Police have intensified the vigil and will be holding a series of fortress checks in the city and its suburbs.