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    Nagpur Metro giving infra projects a good name

The Financial Express, 5 Aug 2019

Talk of the wonders that political will can do. In a country where infrastructure projects hog headlines for time and cost overruns, the Nagpur Metro is ahead of targets, with the backing of two political leaders ensuring that hurdles in the way of the project are removed in double-quick time.Says Brijesh Dixit, MD of Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha Metro), “it is common for such projects to suffer delays and cost overruns of 50-100% but the Nagpur Metro will be finished ahead of schedule and at around 10% less costs than estimated”. And it has certainly helped that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari both hail from Nagpur and are closely involved with the project. Since construction started in May 2015, more than 80% of the physical work and 60% of the investments have been done, says Dixit. Operations on the first 13.5-km stretch between Khapri Metro Station and Sitabuldi Interchange Station were inaugurated in March this year, and the next stretch of 11 km from Sitabuldi to Lokmanya Nagar Metro Station is scheduled to get operational next month. With that, around 25 km of the 38.215-km network to be built in Phase I of the project would be ready. The entire network is expected to be operational by mid-2020. Nagpur Metro giving infra projects a good name By: Geeta Nair Published: August 5, 2019 2:27:41 AM The `8,680-crore project has two lines – the North-South Orange corridor (19.6 km) and the East-West Aqua corridor (18.5 km) Nagpur Metro, infra projects in maharashtra, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, Brijesh Dixit, Maha Metro, Devendra Fadnavis, Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari, nagpur infrastructure Expected to be complete by mid-2020, the 38.2-km project is likely to beat time and cost estimates Talk of the wonders that political will can do. In a country where infrastructure projects hog headlines for time and cost overruns, the Nagpur Metro is ahead of targets, with the backing of two political leaders ensuring that hurdles in the way of the project are removed in double-quick time. Says Brijesh Dixit, MD of Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha Metro), “it is common for such projects to suffer delays and cost overruns of 50-100% but the Nagpur Metro will be finished ahead of schedule and at around 10% less costs than estimated”. And it has certainly helped that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari both hail from Nagpur and are closely involved with the project. Since construction started in May 2015, more than 80% of the physical work and 60% of the investments have been done, says Dixit. Operations on the first 13.5-km stretch between Khapri Metro Station and Sitabuldi Interchange Station were inaugurated in March this year, and the next stretch of 11 km from Sitabuldi to Lokmanya Nagar Metro Station is scheduled to get operational next month. With that, around 25 km of the 38.215-km network to be built in Phase I of the project would be ready. The entire network is expected to be operational by mid-2020. Meanwhile, the state government has given its nod to the `11,216-crore Phase II of the project, which is slated to add 48 km of lines to the network. The detailed project report (DPR) for the purpose is awaiting the Centre’s nod. The `8,680-crore Phase-I has two lines – the North-South Orange corridor from Automotive Square to Khapri (19.658 km) and the East-West Aqua corridor from Prajapati Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar (18.557-km). Ridership on the project’s completion has been estimated at 3.63 lakh per day. The Nagpur Metro is being funded by the Centre and the state government through a mix of equity and debt.Highlighting the steps taken for efficiency, Dixit says costs have been cut by `500 crore so far. Among these is the procurement of rolling stock from China for `718 crore instead of the envisaged `920 crore. Instead of investing in an automatic fare collection





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