BMA seeks extension of Nagpur Metro rail upto Butibori

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jan 2018 10:27:45


Business Bureau,

Even as Maha Metro Nagpur gears up for the launch of the much-awaited passenger run from airport to Khapri, the local industrialists have sought extension of the project upto Butibori in the second phase.

The industrialists have also agreed to consider construction of Metro Rail Stations on sponsorship basis. The demand for extension and offer for station construction came at a meeting held at Metro House, Civil Lines, on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Maha Metro and attended by officials of Metro and other Government agencies, besides, office-bearers of Butibori Manufacturers Association (BMA), including its President Nitin Lonkar and Secretary CA Milind Kanade.

The meeting was convened to discuss proposal of BMA officials regarding extension of Nagpur Metro at Butibori MIDC in Phase II corridor. BMA gave the presentation on extension of Metro Rail services up to Additional Butibori Industrial Area of MIDC. Butibori Industrial Area is considered to be a major industrial enclave of Maharashtra. BMA officials informed at the meeting that current residential population around existing Butibori Industrial Area is 1,68,486.

They also offered to examine possibility of meeting expenses for construction of Metro stations. The proposal would be discussed with industrial houses located in the industrial corridor of MIDC, the office bearers told the gathering.

On its part, Maha Metro Nagpur suggested different alternatives for extension of corridor. It was agreed that feasibility of alternatives would be decided by the Government-owned Rail India Technical Services (RITES) on the basis of ridership and traffic survey data.

Maha Metro officials including Mahesh Kumar, Director (Project), Janardan Nandanwar, Executive Director (Planning & Land), Rajiv Yelkawar, AGM (Planning), Saket Kelkar, SE (Planning) attended the meeting. Raj Kumar Wankhede, General Manager and S S Shah, DGM both from RITES were also present. MIDC officials including Sunil Akulwar and Nilesh Modhave, Manish Sanghvi, Vice-President of BMA were present.