15 November 2019

Interaction-Brijesh Dixit, MD, Maha Metro

Nagpur Metro is committed to create Multi-Modal integration with First and Last mile connectivity

Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MAHA-METRO) is a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Maharashtra, with 50:50 equity. The company was incorporated on 18th February 2015 as Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (NMRCL). Lately it has been reconstituted into Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MAHA-METRO) for implementation of all metro rail projects in the State of Maharashtra outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Currently MAHA-METRO is executing Nagpur and Pune Metro Rail Projects. BRIJESH DIXIT, MD, MAHA METRO spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the Nagpur metro rail project and its unique highlights.

 

Please brief us on the current status of the metro rail project?

Nagpur Metro Rail Project covers a distance of 38.215 Km divided into two corridors i.e. North-South (19.658 Km) &East-West (18.557 Km) with 36 stations. The estimated completion Cost is Rs.8680 crores.

Pune Metro rail project covers a distance of 31.254 km (26.235 km elevated and 5.019 km underground) divided into two corridors i.ePimpriChinwar Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate (16.589 Km) and Vanaz to Ramwadi (14.665 km) with 31 stations and two Car maintenance depots. The total completion cost of the Metro Rail corridor will be Rs.11,420 crores.

NAGPUR METRO RAIL PROJECT:

MAHA-METRO successfully acquired 87 percent land which was made available to various civil contractors for execution of Civil Works in 2016. The cumulative progress at the end of February, 2017 is 32 per cent.
 

 

What are the expected long-term impacts and opportunities from the project?

  • Reduce in Pollution, emission and toxic gases from road vehicles.
  • Employment Generation-direct & indirect.
  • Travel comfort, safe and enjoyable journey.
  • Comfortable, Safe, Reliable.

 

 

How will construction of the metro rail project impact the community?

Nagpur is witnessing a rapid economic and infrastructural development. Present use of public transport is only 9 per cent due to absence of reliable public transport; further traffic congestion, pollution, road accidents, extreme weather conditions, travel time & cost are compelling reasons to have a Metro to serve the growing population spread across the city of Nagpur. Nagpur Metro promises to bring a safe, reliable, efficient, affordable, commuter friendly, energy saving and environmentally sustainable rapid public transport system for the Nagpur Metro Region.

 

 

Expected cost of the project and funds disbursed so far?

The estimated completion Cost is Rs.8680 crores and funds disbursed so far is Rs.1633 crores, which includes Equity from GOI & GOM, other ULB grant, PTA & value of Land taken.

 

 

Any interesting highlights or features which distinguish this project from other metro rail projects?

  • Solar Energy integration right from inception by installing roof top solar panels with net metering over one lakh sqmt. roof area being created in the project, through RESCO Model, generating 14MW solar power, meeting 65 per cent of energy requirement of the metro.
  • Superior Project Management through Digital Project Management Platform using 5-Dimensional Building Information Modeling (5D BIM) – to ensure project completion without cost and time overrun and ensuring world class quality, safety and environmental protection of the project.
  • Non-Fare Box Revenue targeted to be above 30 per cent of revenue through- i)Additional stamp duty, ii)Premium on extra FSI through Transit Oriented Development (TOD), iii)Additional development charges, iv)Real Estate development at world class stations and depots.
  • Targeting 10 per cent Project Cost Saving by optimization of designs, specifications & resources
  • Multi-Modal integration, First & Last mile connectivity & promoting Non-Motorised transport.
  • Introduction of Common Mobility Card for seamless travel of commuters in various modes of transport.
  • Novel concept of Metro-Samvad has been adopted for direct communication with all stake holders including citizens and to enlist Metro Mitras for their active participation in the project.

 

 

What are the challenges specific to this metro project?

As such there is no hurdle which would impact timely completion of the Project.

 

 

How do you justify cutting trees for a Metro.

Cutting of trees will be last resort to be adopted by MAHA-METRO. Maha-Metro has planted 5000 trees against 639 trees cut at Vasudev Nagar near Ambazari. This area of 75 acre has been renamed as “Little wood”. As against statutory requirement of plantation of 5 trees for every tree cut, MAHA-METRO has enhanced its target to plantation of 8 trees for cutting each tree.

 

 

What are the green initiatives taken for the metro project.

Nagpur Metro Rail Project has been conceptualized and designed to use natural Solar Energy and make use of rain water harvesting, green building techniques, bio-digester technology, enhancing green belt by tree plantations, water recycling plant in depots, pollution reduction methods. MAHA-METRO has gone a step further towards making it the Greenest Metro by signing a MoU with DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) for propagation and installation of “Bio Digester Technology”. MAHA-METRO is the first Metro in India to adopt this technology with an objective of keeping eco-friendly clean environment and make use of organic waste and waste water. It has planned to use this technology for its proposed 36 stations, 2 depots and Metro Bhavan. MAHA-METRO is proposing to implement the project with least adverse social and environmental impact.

 

 

Detail us with regards to the latest technologies like construction equipment, software, building materials etc being used in the metro rail project.

  • Implementation of Digital Project Management Platform using 5-Dimensional Building Information Modeling (5D BIM) – to ensure project completion without cost and time overrun and ensuring world class quality, safety and environmental protection of the project.
  • Introduction of Common Mobility Card for seamless travel of commuters in various modes of transport.
  • Solar Energy integration right from inception by installing roof top solar panels with net metering over one lakh sqmt. roof area being created in the project, through RESCO Model, generating 14MW solar power, meeting 65 per cent of energy requirement of the metro.
  • Non-Fare Box Revenue targeted to be above 30 per cent of revenue through- i)Additional stamp duty, ii)Premium on extra FSI through Transit Oriented Development (TOD), iii)Additional development charges, iv)Real Estate development at world class stations and depots.
  • Eco park development adjoining depot land.

 

 

Future outlook.

Nagpur Metro is committed to create Multi-Modal integration with First and Last mile connectivity, promoting the Non-Motorized transport and also committed to provide the amenities and services of International Standards to the citizens of Nagpur.




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