The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) took the first step towards providing the growing city population with mass rapid transport system by holding preliminary site inspection for Nagpur Metro along with project consultant DMRC on Thursday. NIT Chairman Pravin Darade led the team to routes previously suggested by L&T Ramboll,which had prepared the initial feasibility study report for this project. NMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal also accompanied the team that later had a detailed discussion at the NIT headquarter.
A 30-km corridor has been tentatively identified in Phase-1 of the project. It will be a north-south corridor passing through the middle of the city.
An MoU for preparation of the detailed project report was signed between NIT and DMRC Ltd on February 22 with a deadline of eight months. It will then be forwarded by NIT initially to the state government and later to the Centre for final approval.
The Rs 10,000-crore project will be executed by a new company called Nagpur Metro Transport Co Ltd formed under the NIT. NMC,Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) that is developing the MIHAN project MIDC and CIDCO are the other participating organisations.
MIHAN vice-chairman UPS Madan will be the chairman of the new company and NIT chairman Parvin Darade will be its executive director.