The Railways is working on a plan to connect Nagpur and Mumbai through a high-speed corridor which will reduce the travel time between the two cities to just five hours! Currently, the minimum time a train takes to cover the distance between the two cities is around 13.2 hours.
NAGPUR: Indian Railways and MahaMetro (Metro Railway Project Company of Maharashtra) today signed an MoU for linking railway line to Metro coaches on broad gauge network & creating a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in Nagpur city.
The MoU signing ceremony held in Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Suresh Bhat Auditorium was witnessed by Union Minister of Railways, Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra,Devendra Fadnavis. Chairman Railway Board Shri Ashwani Lohani and Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development Shri Mishra were also present on this occasion.
Speaking at the MoU signing event, which saw presence of road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, railway minister Piyush Goyal said his ministry is also trying to execute a plan for setting up railway line across the national highways, according to an official release.
Under the MoU, the Railways and MahaMetro would work towards linking railway line to metro coaches on broad gauge network and creating a mass rapid transit system in Nagpur.
“We have proposed to connect Nagpur-Mumbai Super Express Way (Samriddhi Mahamarg) to railway line connecting Nagpur and Mumbai. The construction of such a hi-speed rail corridor will make it feasible to cover distance between the two cities in just five hours,” said Goyal.
He further said his ministry has allocated Rs 67,000 crore for development of suburban railway network in Mumbai which is being used by one third of total railway passengers in the country.
Speaking about the ambitious railway electrification project undertaken by the government, he said, “This will cut the cost of fuel usage worth Rs 12,000-15,000 crore. We are trying to enhance the efficiency of railways without increasing the ticket fares.”
Addressing the gathering, Gadkari urged people to use public transport instead of private transport.
“The speed of air conditioned metro coaches running on broad gauge line of railway will be 100 km per hour which is much more than ordinary passenger trains. This MoU will pave the way for towns like Bhandara, Wardha distant from Nagpur to come closer and develop into satellite cities,” he said.
Shri Devendra Fadnavis said that these projects will be hailed as innovatory one & will be followed by nation. He informed that, water acquired from Mines and Power plants is being used to irrigate over 10 thousands hectare land in Maharashtra. An MoU between VIDC (Vidarbha Irrigation Industrial Corporation) & WCL has been signed for mine water distribution, he informed on this occasion.
Gadkari further said that for passengers who pay Rs 90 for bus fare of Nagpur-Wardha train and spend about 90 minutes of journey time, the same journey will be covered by metro coach in just 35 minutes with fare of only Rs 60.
While speaking on rising pollution in metro cities, Gadkari has advocated for ‘public transport on electricity’ on this occasion. He urged people to use public transport instead of buying more vehicles. He informed the speed of air conditioned metro coaches running on broad gage line of railways will be 100 km/hr which is much more than ordinary passenger trains. This MoU signing will pave the way for towns like Bhandara, Wardha distant from Nagpur to come closer & develop them into satellite cities. He informed that a passenger who has to pay Rs.90/- for Bus fare of Nagpur- Wardha train & spend about 90 minutes of Journey time, the same journey will be covered by Metro coach in just 35 minutes with fare of only Rs.60/- .
Elaborating on the electrification of Railways, he said that electrification of railway will cut the cost of fuel worth Rs.12,000 crore to 15,000 crore. He also said that government is trying to enhance the efficiency of Railways without increasing the ticket fares. He informed about ‘Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of E-Vehicle ‘ (FeM Project) to be decided in Cabinet Meeting for giving boost to e-vehicle manufacturing & usage in country. He also applauded project of e-Bus operated in Nagpur city & expected it to be a pioneer in the country.
Meanwhile, another MoU was signed today between Vidarbha Irrigation Industrial Corporation and Western Coalfields for mine water distribution, according to the release.