NMRCL to develop business district near Cotton Market

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Feb 2018 11:24:23


Special Correspondent,

Entire 7 lakh sq ft stretch from Cotton Market upto Khowa Market to be developed by Metro Rail

Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will develop the Cotton Market Area as business district of the Orange City. Nagpur Metro sent a proposal to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to acquire 70,000 sq mt land situated in Cotton Market area on Guru Tegbahadur road (Cotton Market Square to Khowa Market). The estimated cost of the land is around Rs 500 crore as per prevailing market value.
Highly placed sources claimed that Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari had directed NMRCL and NMC officers in a meeting to expedite the process for transfer of land.

The Nagpur Metro is laying a railway track from Ram Jhula to Cotton Market Square. This will connect at Vijay Talkies to Anand Talkies moving further towards Munje Square.
Gadkari had suggested to acquire land of local body near Mahatma Fule Building, Hindi Bhashi School, NMC Octroi post 13, and Santra Market, Khowa Market and Paan Market. This is not a contiguous land and some private players, railways and state government also have its land parcels. The Gujarati Hindi School is also situated near Octroi post 13.

Nagpur Metro will have to develop a market to rehabilitate all the shopkeepers, vendors and other existing commercial establishments in the business district and also create a space for the other businesses in the building. Presently, all these locations have been reduced into stinky places with filth and dirt affecting the business volume. Plight of Cotton Market, which is main source of vegetable supply to city, is well known and even the High Court has issued repeated directions to keep place clean and hygienic. The State government had planned to develop this market but nothing materialised. Even, repeated follow-up by Nitin Gadkari who sought help of renowned architect Hafeez Contractor to develop the cotton market premises did not bear fruits. This is a very difficult task and Gadkari finally decided to entrust this Herculean task to Metro Rail Corporation and its Managing Director Dr. Brijesh Dixit.

Nagpur Metro has also applied for the railway land of Cotton Market for the Metro Station. They are planning to develop this area at podium level as well to connect it underground level.

Mahesh Kumar Agrawal, Director (Project) while confirming this development said, we have sent a proposal to NMC for transfer of land to Nagpur Metro. After their nod, we will move forward to develop it. He denied that Nagpur Metro would also acquire Mahatma Fule Market Building for its much awaited redevelopment.

Meanwhile, a private landholder of Chhattrapati Square opposite Nav Bharat building on Wardha road has come forward to develop his private land with the help of Nagpur Metro. Presently, this land is being used as parking place for the commuters travelling to Chandrapur, Wardha and other nearby areas for studies and employment.

Metro is also eyeing on a huge land of Airport Authority of India (AAI) near Hotel Radisson Blu on Wardha road for its development. It also plans to acquire complete stretch of land of Maharashtra State Electricity Development Company Limited (MSEDCL) at Gaddigodam. Previously, it was a small portion but the metro applied for the acquisition of entire land. It will also acquire Sakhare Market, Gol Bazar at
Gaddigodam Square. Mahesh Kumar said, we have constructed sheds at open ground of Hindi Bhasha School for the shopkeepers of Paan market and Khowa market. They can shift their business to better premises and continue with their work. The sheds are ready for them, he added.

Till now, the Nagpur Metro has acquired a total 80 hectares of land out of total 88 hectares land of State Government, Private Owners, Nagpur Improvement Trust, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and NMC.