New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Government of India Nitin Gadkari today unveiled a plan to develop the Country's first integrated 'Inter Modal Station (IMS)' in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The estimated cost of this project is Rs 1,053.38 crores.
"The first of its kind integrated Rail, road and metro ‘Inter Modal Station’ will be setup in Nagpur. This will provide seamless, safe and reliant transport to people and will also serve as an inspiration for several transformative projects in the nation," said Nitin Gadkari.
He said that Inter Modal Station (IMS) will have connectivity between long-distance buses, city buses, railways, Metro and indirect links with the city airport. IMS will also be integrated with all routes of the proposed Nagpur Broad Guage Metro where 100 metro trains expected to be operated.
The IMS will have parking for long-distance buses and it will act as a departure and arrival point for private buses. City buses will stop at IMS. When the IMS is ready, railways will be asked to convert Ajni into the main railway station of the city. Nagpur Metro’s Congress Nagar station will be connected to the IMS with a foot overbridge (FOB).
IMS will have space for parking of 590 cars in the main building. The ground floor is reserved for arrivals. There would be 40 bus bays while 28 would be idle. The railway amenities include ticket counters, toilets, waiting room for 1,600 passengers, cloakroom, VIP room, parcel office, 12 retail shops, etc. Four extra railway platforms will be built at Ajni. The main building will be connected to Ajni railway station by a FOB.
The first floor is reserved for departures. The bus station will have a waiting room for 1,600 people, 80 bus bays, 10 retail shops, etc. The second floor will have ticket counters, a food court, restaurants, hotels and lounges.
Tender for the development of IMS in Nagpur had already been floated in June 2020. The project is expected to take 2.5 years of time.
The IMS is expected to handle 3 lakh passengers per day by 2050.
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