New Delhi India (Urban Transport News): Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman during her Union Budget speech today announced a budgetary provision of Rs. 5,976 crores & Rs 2,092 crores for Nagpur Metro Phase-II and Nasik Metro Neo Projects respectively.
While presenting the Budget, the Minister said that Government plans to deploy two new technologies i.e. ‘MetroLite’ and ‘MetroNeo’ to provide metro rail systems at a much lesser cost with the same experience, convenience, and safety in Tier-2 cities and peripheral areas of Tier-1 cities.
The budgetary provision is a testimony of the quality and speed with which Maha Metro has executed the Nagpur Metro Rail Phase Project.
Nagpur Metro Phase II
Phase II of Nagpur Metro covers the rural parts of Nagpur district and will serve as an extension to the ongoing first phase. The proposed Phase-II will be spread over 43.8 km length with 32 stations.
The four corridors identified for Phase II of Nagpur Metro include:
Automotive Square to Kanhan: This corridor would be 13 km long with 12 Stations. The corridor will cater to the areas of Khasara, Lekha Nagar, Kamptee, and Dragon Palace.
MIHAN to Butibori MIDC ESR: This corridor would be 18.7 km long with 10 Stations. The corridor will have the catchment area of Jamtha, Dongargaon, Mohgaon, Butibori, MHADA colony, Indorama Colony.
Prajapati Nagar to Transport Nagar: This corridor would be 5.5 km long with 3 Stations. The corridor will cater the vicinity of Ambe Nagar, Kapsi, Transport Nagar & Asoli.
Lokmanya Nagar to Hingna: This corridor would be 6.6 km long with 7 Stations. The corridor will pass through Nildoh, Gajanan Nagar, Rajiv Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Raipur, and Hingna Village including surrounding MIDC areas.
The entire Phase II network is elevated. The first phase of Maha Metro Nagpur is progressing well and as per scheduled timelines. Phase I has four corridors of 38 Km length with a total of 38 stations.
Phase II Project will enable an easy, faster, and comfortable journey from one part of Nagpur to another. This will particularly help those employed in industrial areas of Nagpur and have to commute long-distance daily.
Nasik Metro Neo Project
The concept of Metro-Neo was formulated after a very extensive and comprehensive technical consultation, interactions, and due diligence with several stakeholders/technical experts. The system is eco-friendly, energy-efficient, reliable, safe, and capable of providing an efficient mass public transport system which is ideally suitable for the traffic need of cities having population similar to Nashik in India as well as similar cities abroad.
The government of India has been contemplating for a long to find an optimal transport solution for cities with having a population of 2-3 million since appropriate MRTS has not been explored anywhere in India. The model developed for Nashik was discussed on various forums and finally, the Govt. of India on 21.08.2019 constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Brijesh Dixit, MD/Maha-Metro for standardization of detailed specifications for a Rubber-Tyred Mass Rapid Transportation System with a view to implementing this across India.
Initially, two corridors have been planned under the Metro Neo project in Nashik city:
Gangapur to Mumbai Naka: This corridor would be 10 km long with 10 stations at Gangapur, Jalapur, Ganpat Nagar, Kale Nagar, Jehan Circle, Thatte Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Panchavati, CBS and Mumbai Naka.
Gangapur to Nashik Road: This corridor would be 22 km long with 15 stations at DHRUV Nagar, Shramik Nagar, Mahindra, Shaneshwar Nagar, Satpur Colony, MIDC, ABB Circle, Parijat Nagar, MICO circle, CBS, Sharda Circle, Dwarka Circle, Gayatri Nagar, Samta Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Datta Mandir and Nashik Road.
CBS will be an interchange station where both the corridors meet.