UMTC to prepare comprehensive mobility plan for Gwalior

Vinod Shah Posted on: 2022-09-12 06:35:00 Viewer: 888 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Gwalior

UMTC to prepare comprehensive mobility plan for Gwalior

Gwalior, India (Urban Transport News): Gwalior, with its historic importance and close proximity to Delhi, is experiencing rapid growth. To cater to the rising demand, the city is planning ahead for its urban mobility. The Government of Madhya Pradesh has appointed the Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd (UMTC) to prepare a comprehensive Mobility Plan for Gwalior.

In this regard, a meeting was conducted under the chairmanship of Energy Minister (Govt of M.P.), Pradhuman Singh Tomar, Member of Parliament (Gwalior), Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar, Mayor of Gwalior, Dr. Shobha Sikarwar, Commissioner, Kishore Kumar Kanyal & other stakeholders on 10th September 2020 in Gwalior.

In February this year, Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has written a letter to railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for stopping the auction process of the narrow gauge train coaches and the engine, which used to run between Gwalior and Sheopur Kalan for more than 100 years. He wants to save the last remaining piece of the historical Gwalior Light Railway or the Maharaja Railway.

Gwalior Light Railway was a railway network completed without the contribution of British Rule. It was initiated by Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia II in 1895 and was completed in 1909. The 200km track connected 28 small stations between Gwalior and Sheopur within 10 hours.

Till its closure in 2020, the two feet-wide narrow gauge railway network, which connected hundreds of villages between Gwalior and Sheopur Kalan, held the distinction of being the world’s longest narrow (two feet) gauge rail network.

On 17 October 2014, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan announced the mass rapid transit system (Gwalior Metro) to serve Gwalior, Gwalior West and other nearby towns in the Gwalior Metropolitan Region.

After spending more than Rs 30 Lakh in the preparation of a comprehensive mobility plan & feasibility study for the Gwalior & Jabalpur Metro, the state government later scrapped the plan in March 2021 saying the feasibility report was not compatible with the new Metro Rail Policy announced by the Central Government in 2017.

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