The new year brought good news for the Metro Rail Corporation with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis giving nod to the Phase-2 of the project, which would be 48.3 km in length. The estimated expenditure for Phase-2 is stated to be Rs 11,216 crore.
CM Fadnavis gave the clearance at a meeting held in Mumbai, which was prominently attended by Guardian Minister of Nagpur district Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ramtek MP Kripal Tumane and Umrer MLA Sudhir Parwe.
The CM’s nod came following a presentation by senior officials of Maha Metro in Mumbai. The work of Phase-1 is in full swing with construction work nearing completion while at many places the tracks have also been laid.
The Phase-2 will be divided into five segments – Lokmanya Nagar to Hingna, Wasudeo Nagar to Wadi, Automotive Square to Kanhan River, Prajapati Nagar to Transport Nagar and Mihan to MIDC elevated service reservoir. The Phase-2 is estimated to create additional commuting potential of 2.9 lakh passengers per day by 2024. The Phase-2 will have total 35 stations with Wasudeo Nagar as inter-change station.
Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) U P S Madan, Principal Secretary (Urban Development) Nitin Kareer, Managing Director of Maha Metro-Nagpur Brijesh Dixit, Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur Abhijit Bangar, Managing Director of MIDC P Anbalagan and NIT Chairperson Sheetal Ugale were also present at the meeting.