Metro may miss even March 2019 deadline to operate on 2 routes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2018 10:02:44


Special Correspondent,

Though Maha Metro is working hard to start Nagpur Metro Rail operation on Khapri-Hingna to Munje Square, Sitabuldi by March 2019, it may miss the deadline as it does no have necessary permissions from Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) and Research and Design Standard Organisation (RDSO) yet.

Highly placed sources claimed, Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Maha Metro has given the dead-line of February-2019 to finish all the construction work and laying of railway track of Reach-I and III. After completion of both the tracks, Maha Metro will apply to obtain permission of both the organisations. Permission from RDSO and CMRS is very important as it pertains to safety of the passengers.
The Administration of Maha Metro had already extended the dead-line to complete first phase-Reach-I and Reach-III of Nagpur Metro Rail Project by six months from November-2018.

However, the construction industry experts have predicted that construction may not be finished even by March- 2019.
Construction of pillars on both the tracks has been completed. However, the laying of viaduct across Adivasi Govari Flyover at Rani Jhansi Square to connect Hingna with Munje Square is pending. The Reach-III officers have decided to complete this work after December 15.However, in view of inordinate delay in the construction of all the stations in Reach I and III, now, Metro Rail is focussing to finish work of three stations- Airport, Jaiprakash Nagar, and Sitabuldi stations on Reach I and three stations - Lokmanya Nagar, Subhash Nagar, and Institute of Engineers Station on Reach-III, so that the operation may start by March 2019.

As per plan, the Metro Rail has station at every one km but they will start these six stations to take permission for trial run. As per information, Nagpur Metro has completed 80 percent construction of Airport Station while 75 percent of Jaiprakash Nagpur station of Reach-I has been finished. The remaining work is likely to be complete by January 2019, a senior officer informed ‘The Hitavada’. On Reach-III, the Metro is working hard to complete all works of three stations including Lokmanya Nagar, Subhash Nagar, and Institution of Engineers. The work of Lokmanya Nagar station is near completion while work of other two stations is at advanced stage, Metro Officers stated. These stations will be ready by January 2019, he added.

Further, Nagpur Metro has to lay the railway track and High Tension Line along the route to run the train. Presently, the installation of portals is going on both the tracks- Reach-I and Reach-III. The Nagpur Metro has to install around 500 portals on both the tracks and they have completed around 300 portals. The Metro is also laying High Tension Line on railway track and this work may be completed by February first week.

The laying of railway track is completed in different stretches from South Airport to Ujjwal Nagar and Chhatrapati Nagar Square to Haldiram on Wardha road and between Congress Nagar to Dhantoli in Reach-I. The laying of railway track from Hingna to Bansi Nagar, Vasudeo Nagar to Subhash Nagar and Shankar Nagar to Institution of Engineers is also going on at a great speed.
Sources claimed that Dr Dixit has directed to complete Reach- I by January end and Reach III by February end in a review meeting held on Thursday. All the senior officers and Directors of Maha Metro were present in the marathon meeting.

The total cost of the project is Rs 8,680 crore. The total length of North South Corridor from Automotive Square to MIHAN Khapri Depot is 19 kms, while length of East-West Corridor from Prajapati Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar is 18 kms. The MMRCL has divided all the portions in four categories -- Reach-1, Reach-II, Reach-III and Reach-IV to finish the work within stipulated time. Work of all the phases is going on simultaneously and smoothly. A senior officer of Railways said, even after completion of construction work, the Maha Metro has to obtain permission from the RDSO and CMRS.  Previously, RDSO and CMRS had taken several months to give certification to Maha Metro to operate Metro Rail between South Airport Station to Khapri.