VTA demands additional facilities at Jai Stambh Square

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 10:39:00


Business Bureau,

AFTER receiving suggestions on Jai Stambh Square traffic ease in 2015 by Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA), DRUCC Central Railways and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC) conducting a meeting. Afterwhich, MSRDC appointed RITES Limited to
submit their analysis report on these proposals.

In January 2018, RITES submitted final report on these three proposals and accordingly MSRDC called upon a meeting by inviting CM office, Collector, Commissioner NMC, Chairman NIT, Traffic Police, ZRUCC, DRM Central Railways and VTA.

In the meeting, Sujata Savant, Additional General Manager and Amit Singh Baghel, Architect Planner Manager Urban Transport from RITES presented their detailed report along with projection slides and rejected all three proposals as submitted by VTA, MSRDC and DRUCC in 2015.

Tejinder Singh Renu, Secretary of VTA said, “RITES suggested four options, immediate, short, medium and long term, wherein long term is just in one small paragraph, which should actually be in more detailed format with study of future requirements. Moreover, RITES emphasis is more on signalisation on Jai Stambh Square having circle interval of 140 second, which I strongly believe will result in huge ‘Q’ length on Kingsway and unplanned load on Ram Jhula Phase I during waiting period. Moreover, this is no long term solution”. He said, “It is recommended that the divider on road should continue without break from Ram Jhula to Kingsway, whereby we can eliminate crossing junction on Jai Stambh. By this, we will never have traffic choking at this place. A restriction of turns as suggested by RITES is the solution. We need proper detailed infrastructure planning for long term usage of this crucial square. And if new infrastructure planning demands demolition of existing Railway Station flyover completely or partially, it should be done”.

VTA strongly believes that with two ministers Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister from Nagpur and best of brains as commissioner, collector and chairman in Nagpur administration, it is highly recommended that integrated preparation is done with aim of long term planning.

Such planning should take care of parking in multi level building, including parking for radio taxis, pedestrian crossings with escalators, shifting of bus stops on Kingsway, acquiring required land and avoiding inter-crossing junctions. Shashank Dabholkar, Personal Secretary to CM and Sunil Mitra, DRUCC member also submitted their views wherein it was insisted that underpass through Ram Jhula I & II by a slip road would surely reduce one side of traffic. Sunil Gujjelwar, Superintending Engineer of NIT agreed that more detailed planning is required to eliminate traffic chaos. Ujjwal J Dabe, Superintending Engineer of MSRDC appreciated the suggestions submitted by VTA in the meeting; he also applauded the efforts of RITES. Present were Shirish Pande, SDO/SDM, Sangita Jaiswal, SE MSRDC, B D Joshi, AEZ, D D Jambhulkar, EE Traffic NMC, A J Bodile, Dy EE (Traffic) NMC and others.