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Railways MoU with Maha Metro for MRTS in Nagpur
New Delhi, July 17, 2018
Indian Railways and Maha Metro (Metro Railway Project Company of Maharashtra) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here on Monday for linking the railway line to the Metro service on broad gauge network and creating a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in Nagpur city.
The MoU signing ceremony at Suresh Bhat Auditorium was witnessed by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani and Secretary, Urban Development Durga Shanker Mishra were also present.
Mr Goyal said the Ministry was also trying to execute a plan for setting up a railway line across the national highways. One such proposal was to connect Nagpur-Mumbai Super Express Way (Samriddhi Mahamarg) to the Nagpur-Mumbai railway.
The construction of such a high-speed railway corridor will make it feasible to cover the distance between Nagpur and Mumbai in five hours, he said.
The Railways have also allocated a record sum of Rs 67,000 crore for the development of suburban railway network in Mumbai which is used by one-third of total railway passengers in India, he said.
The foundation stone laying ceremony of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s ‘waste to energy project’ was also performed on this occasion. Another foundation stone laying ceremony that took place was of the project of Mahagenco to carry coal from a cluster of mines of Western Coalfield Limited through a pipe conveyor system.
Mr Gadkari, speaking about rising pollution in metro cities, advocated running public transport on electricity. He urged the people to use public transport instead of private transport. The speed of air-conditioned metro coaches running on broad gauge line of Railway will be 100 kmph, which is much more than ordinary passenger trains. The MoU will pave the way for towns like Bhandara, Wardha, distant from Nagpur, to come closer and develop into satellite cities.
Mr Fadnavis said these three projects will be hailed as innovative steps and will be followed by the nation. He said water acquired from mines and power plants is being used to irrigate over 10,000 hectares of land in Maharashtra. A MoU between VIDC (Vidarbha Irrigation Industrial Corporation) and WCL has been signed for mine water distribution.
On the occasion, a booklet titled "New Railways New Maharashtra" on Railway's development in Maharashtra was also unveiled in this function.
The programme was attended by local public representatives, officials of Maha Metro, NMC, Mahagenco, Indian Railways, officials of district administration and the general public in large numbers.
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