19 October 2018

Interaction- Brijesh Dixit, MD, Maha Metro.

Maha Metro is committed to provide a sustainable rapid public transport system

 

Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MAHA-METRO) is a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Maharashtra, with 50:50 equity. Currently MAHA-METRO is executing Nagpur and Pune Metro Rail Projects and is committed to provide a safe, reliable, efficient, affordable, commuter friendly and environmentally sustainable rapid public transport system for the citizens of Nagpur and Pune. BRIJESH DIXIT, MD, MAHA METRO spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the Nagpur and Pune metro rail projects and its unique highlights.

 

 

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

Nagpur Metro Rail Project consists of 41.7 Km elevated Metro Corridor which includes 42 stations and 2 train maintenance Depots, the Alignment is divided into two corridors i.e. North-South (22.293 Km) & East-West (19.407 Km). The estimated completion Cost is Rs.8680 crores. The total physical progress achieved till date isnearly60 per cent.

The route length of Pune Metro Rail Project is 31.25 km (26.23 km elevated & 5.02 km underground) divided into two corridors i.e. from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate (16.59 Km) and from Vanaz to Ramwadi (14.66 km) with 30 stations and two Car Maintenance Depots. The approved completion cost is Rs.11,420 crores. The total physical progress achieved till date is 12 per cent.

 

Expected cost of the project and funds disbursed so far?

The estimated completion cost of the Nagpur Metro Rail Project is Rs.8680 crores and it has achieved 35 per cent progress financially. It is receiving funding from 2 international agencies in the tune of 500 million Euros from KfW Germany and 130 Million Euros from AFD France.

The estimated completion cost of the Pune Metro Rail Project is Rs.11420 crores and it has achieved 8.12 per cent financial progress financially. It is proposed to receive funding from 2 international funding agencies in the tune of 600 million Euros from EIB and 250 Million Euros from AFD France.

 

 

What are the challenges and how has it been overcome.

As such there are no hurdles which would impact the timely completion of the project in the sanctioned cost.

 

 

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

  • Integrating Solar Energy from Inception to meet 65 per cent of energy requirements by installing solar panels along the station rooftops, depot boundary walls, depot shed rooftops and vacant ground spaces
  • Superior Project Management Through Digital Project Management Platform 5D BIM to ensure project completion without any cost and time overrun and ensuring world class quality, safety and environmental protection of the project
  • Multi Modal Integration, Efficient & High-Quality Feeder Service to Provide First and Last Mile Connectivity Right from Inception and promoting Non-Motorised Transport
  • EMV Based Common Mobility Card for Seamless Travel Has Been Implemented on PPP Basis
  • Optimization and Rationalization of The Design of Civil and System Infrastructure targeting Cost Savings of About 10 per cent of the DPR Cost Estimate
  • Adoption of Transit Oriented Development Since Inception with Half of Revenue Accruing to Maha-Metro
  • Under Betterment Levy an Additional Cess @ 1 per cent Is Levied as Stamp Duty
  • Setting Up of State of The Art ultra-modern Quality Labs with Bureau Veritas at Works Site to test the quality of materials used in the construction works and ensure overall quality of construction
  • MoU With DRDO For Anaerobic Bio Digester to Ensure 100 per cent Water Recycling and Smart Sewage Treatment
  • Designing State of The Art Station by Adopting Unique Architecture Features by International Architects
  • Non-Fare Box Avenues Are Likely to Be 50 per cent Of Fare Box Revenues of The Metro
  • NOVEL CITIZEN CONNECT in the form of Metro-Samvad has been adopted for direct communication with all stake holders including citizens to involve their active participation in the project.

 

Green initiatives taken for the Metro Rail project

The Nagpur and Pune Metro rail projects have 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 plants in depots and pollution reduction methods.

Maha Metro has gone a step further by taking the following initiatives and making it one of the Greenest Metro’s.

  • Integrating Solar Energy from Inception to meet 65 per cent of energy requirements by installing solar panels along the station rooftops, depot boundary walls, depot shed rooftops and vacant ground spaces net metered under the RESCO model.
  • MoU with DRDO for anaerobic bio digester to ensure 100 per cent water recycling and smart sewage treatment: MoU has been signed between Maha-Metro and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for propagation and installation of “Bio Digester Technology”. Maha-Metro will be the first in India to adopt this technology with an objective of keeping eco-friendly clean environment and make use of organic waste & waste water.

 

Key learning’s from your experience and how they can be applied to the forthcoming projects?

Maha Metro has taken a pioneering step to integrate 5D Building Information Modelling (BIM) with ERP application to create ‘ONE PROJECT ONE PLATFORM’ thereby automating its project management processes. This platform should be applied to all major infrastructure projects to ensure timely completion of the project under the sanctioned cost. This platform would keep on evolving from various learnings as it is applied over multiple projects and this cycle will keep on repeating.

 

Detail us with regards to the latest technologies being used in the metro rail project.

Superior Project Management Through Digital Project Management Platform:

In Maha Metro, we have implemented 5D BIM to automate its project management processes by integrating four major software’s (Bentley, Oracle, SAP and RIB). With this platform, we are able to get insights into various intricacies in design, construction and handing over stage which is enabling us to take right decisions on time which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. These inputs are helping us to progress at a much faster pace and we have been able to achieve nearly 60 per cent overall progress and nearing the commissioning of the first section of 5.4 km length.

State of the Art Station Development:

Prominent stations are being designed as Multi Storied World Class ‘Green-Buildings’ Stations suitably integrating commercial development, 100 per cent waste water recycling, human waste treatment through anaerobic bacteria-based bio-digesters in collaboration with DRDO, using eco-friendly methods and materials etc. A particularly noteworthy thing is about station development of Pune. A very distinct station architecture is being developed there fully reflecting the rich history, heritage, art, and culture of the great city of Pune. The stations near industrial area will reflect industrial themes. Those near historical monuments will include their theme. Stations by the riverfront will have a reflection of that in such a way that they become the modern identity of the city and are ready to complete the rejuvenation of the surrounding areas. Rich musical heritage of the city will also be suitably included in the station design.

Setting Up of State of The Art Quality Labs at Works Site:

We have drastically improved our construction material testing setup as it is very critical to ensure overall quality of construction. Maha-Metro has setup a well-equipped ultra-modern with Bureau Veritas (A global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification) to test the quality of materials used in the construction works. This facility is also used for training purpose, to disseminate technical knowledge to the staff of Maha Metro as well as contractors and consultants. This facility will also will also provide testing services to other Government agencies based at Nagpur and Central India. We are in a position to ensure some revenue form this tie-up. This is a path breaking initiative of Maha Metro.

Common Mobility Card or Travel Card:

While making travelling easier in Orange City through its multiple initiatives, Maha Metro Nagpur has also taken a unique step to simplify the very process of travelling. Maha Metro Nagpur has adopted the EMV (Euro Master Visa) smart card based Open Loop Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system which will be implemented across all metro stations in Nagpur. This system will enable smart card as additional fare media for commuters to pay for the intended travel in any modes of transport.

This has been implemented on a PPP basis with State Bank of India as the head of the consortium.

 

 

Which according to you is the landmark metro project in India and abroad?

Landmark metro projects abroad are namely European Metros like London Underground and Paris Metro, and in the East is Hong Kong MTR.

Landmark metro project in India is the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

These metro rail projects have excelled in providing services to people in a reliable, responsive and assured manner which has led to increased ridership in terms of both volume and journey distance, asset utilization, service quality and efficiency of the metros over the years.

 

 

Future Plans and outlook on metro’s in India.

Maha Metro is committed to provide a safe, reliable, efficient, affordable, commuter friendly and environmentally sustainable rapid public transport system for the citizens of Nagpur and Pune.

Currently there are 53 cities with 1 Million plus population which have started planning for the construction of Metro Rail projects and out of these there are 20 cities with 2 Million plus population in which 13 are currently executing metro rails projects and the remaining are yet to start. The goal should be to learn from the global best and execute in India.

 

 

What are the key differences between metros in other countries compared to India?

The core purpose of Metros remains the same i.e. the movement of people from one point to another.

In today’s time, all the metros which are coming up must be state of the art to keep up with the rapid evolution taking place in this field. For example,

  • Integration of solar energy in the metro rail projects is common in other countries whereas this this trend is picking up in India with a focus on providing sustainable means of mass urban transit.
  • Communication based Train Control (CBTC) railway signalling system is a more efficient and safe way to manage the railway traffic. Metros (and other railway systems) are able to improve headways while maintaining or even improving safety. This is used widely in Metro Projects all over the world and is being adopted in the upcoming and existing metro projects in India.
  • Metro projects globally use the concept of Third-Rail to provide electrification to the metros while in India the concept of Overhead Equipment (OHE) is used. The key difference is that third rail uses 750 V DC while OHE uses 25 kV AC.
  • Superior Project Management Through Digital Project Management Platform is already an integral part of many metro projects throughout the world and recently it is also being integrated into some metro rail projects in India.



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