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Manish Nagar RUB to open soon

The RUB joining Wardha road to Manish Nagar will soon be open for the residents of Manish Nagar and adjoining areas.

The Nagpur Maha Metro has constructed the RUB to divert the heavy traffic flow from the railway crossing near Manish Nagar keeping in view the public need.

According to the information received, in a period of one month, the RUB will be functional. The responsibility of the construction of RUB has been given by the National Highway Authority to Maha Metro.

The length of Manish Nagar RUB is 500 meters. The flow of traffics will be from both sides as it is two-way.

After completing the box culvert work, the work of joint expansion will start. Also, three chambers have been prepared for drainage so that there is no accumulation of water on the RUB. With the construction of RUB, this route will now be accessible and easy for commuters.

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Nag river rejuvenation: NRCD clears Rs2,434cr escalated cost



Nagpur: In a major step towards rejuvenation of city’s iconic Nag river, the National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) on Tuesday approved escalated cost of Nag River Pollution Abatement Project. The cost has increased 65%, from Rs1,476.96 crore to Rs2,434 crore, due to inordinate delay and inclusion of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

City MP and Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari held meeting with officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), NRCD, Ministry of Jal Shakti, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), at New Delhi on Tuesday. Gadkari reportedly directed NRCD to give approval to revised project cost, which was done immediately after the meeting. Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar was also present.

The NMC general body had approved revised project cost on July 23 and submitted it to NRCD. Since then, the project was pending for approval with NRCD. Bangar told TOI Gadkari also directed NRCD officials to complete process of loan agreement between Government of India and Government of Japan as soon as possible. “NRCD will write a letter to Central government’s department of economic affairs on Wednesday to hold discussions with Government of Japan. Then, loan agreement will be signed followed by tendering process for appointing contractors to execute the works,” he said.

Bangar added NRCD will also write a letter to the state government to seek its guarantee for the loan. “Share of Centre in the project is 60%, 25% of state and remaining 15% of NMC. JICA will approve long term loan for shares of Centre and state, which they will repay. NMC will only have to contribute its share of 15%,” he said.

When Gadkari and officials of NRCD asked why project cost escalated, Bangar said it was due to price escalation and inclusion of GST. “Project cost of Rs 1,476.96 crore was prepared as per prices in 2014. When they were revised, cost increased to Rs 2,434 crore including GST of Rs 350 crore and consultant fees,” he said.

The project also covers rejuvenation of Pili river along with Nag river and will take four years to complete. JICA had given inprinciple approval, conducted inspection of Nag, Pili rivers and approved the detailed project report (DPR) before it was submitted to NRCD.

NMC is also preparing Nag Riverfront Development Project of Rs 1,600 crore. France-based AFD (French Development Agency) is preparing the DPR and likely to approve long term loan for the project.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...434cr-escalated-cost/articleshow/71929394.cms
 

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Gandhisagar Lake to get Rs31.08cr makeover, to host 32 ‘khau galli’ stalls

Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is set to execute works worth Rs31.08 crore for rejuvenation and beautification of Gandhisagar Lake situated in Central Nagpur. The lake is also likely to host ‘khau galli’ with 32 stalls, music system and other recreational activities soon.
On Saturday, the NMC’s project department started tendering process for appointing a private agency to execute works. The state government had approved Rs12 crore and the remaining funds of Rs19.08 crore will be borne by the NMC.
The NMC will desilt the lake probably for the first time under the project. A retaining wall of around 1.7km situated around the sprawling lake will be repaired and strengthened.
The project will be the biggest-ever in the history of city’s water bodies. Earlier, the NMC had rejuvenated Sonegaon and Pandhrabodi lakes with the help of government’s Rs3.24 crore and Rs 3.33 crore, respectively, 3-4 years ago.
Two years ago, the civic body had constructed artificial idol immersion tank inside Gandhisagar Lake and public toilets with the help of funds of Rs1.78 crore approved by the government.
The NMC had appointed Neeri to rejuvenate Naik Lake recently and works are likely to begin soon. A proposal to revive Futala Lake, also with the help of Neeri, has been prepared.
During ‘Breakfast With Mayor’ held on December 1, mayor Sandip Joshi, responding to a complaint from an NGO, assured to start ‘khau galli’ on or before January 1. The civic body had developed the project by spending Rs80 lakh three years ago, but it is yet to start for the public.
Responding to Joshi’s announcement, NMC garden superintendent Amol Chorpagar floated expression of interest to rent out 32 stalls. The interested food joints have to quote their rents. The NMC will charge Rs1,000 for processing, Rs5,000 per month for maintenance and Rs5,000 as security deposit.
On Saturday morning, Joshi inspected ‘khau galli’ with corporators of ward no. 17 under which the lake falls. Chorpagar, Dhantoli zone assistant commissioner Kiran Bagde and others were present. Joshi directed the officials to repair damaged portions of stalls, flooring etc. He also asked the officials to ensure proper display boards and functioning of all streetlights. He proposed to install water ATM to facilitate potable water to people coming to ‘khau galli’.
The NMC’s plan is to develop similar concepts at remaining lakes considering the experience of ‘khau galli’ of Gandhisagar Lake.

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Nagpur: Rs 465 crore tender floated for redevelopment of railway station

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...devpt-of-rly-station/articleshow/73145880.cms

NAGPUR: The Indian Railways Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDCL), which has been entrusted with redeveloping 600 stations across the country, has floated tenders for redevelopment of Nagpur station at a cost of Rs465 crore.
“Applications have been invited from private parties for request for qualification (RFQ). IRSDCL intends to pre-qualify and shortlist suitable bidders eligible for participation in the bid stage for awarding the project through an open competitive process. The last date to receive bids is February 6,” said IRSDCL officials.
Of the Rs465 crore indicative project cost, Rs361.50 crore will be towards construction. Of the total land area of over 5.50 lakh sq m, built up area for commercial monetization will 20 lakh sq ft. Lease rights to the end users will be up to 99 years.
The concessionaire shall, in consideration of its investment and services, be entitled to levy and collect a pre-determined user fee for specified station facilities, recover charges for use of specified spaces and services within the station, and undertake development and commercial exploitation of station estate in accordance with the provisions of the concession agreement.
“If all goes well by year-end final contract will be awarded and work will start early next year. The broad scope of the work involves developing the station within three years from the effective date, and the commercial development within eight years of signing the agreement,” they said.
The developer will design and develop infrastructure by dismantling existing structures on the land forming part of the station. This shall also integrate all public transport modes such as city bus, state regional bus service, metro rail, railways and intermediate public transport modes such as auto-rickshaw and taxis.
The project envisages provision of central concourse as passenger departure and holding area, providing seamless interconnectivity to railway platforms, proposed metro, parking zones etc. The plan at request for qualification (RFQ) stage has been prepared by French architect ENIA.
Development of facilities to handle over 2.20 lakh passengers, retail zones, parking of over 114 four-wheelers and 1,000 two-wheelers, 24 lifts and 16 escalators to ease passenger movement are some of the features of the station redevelopment.
“This is the best opportunity to work with the railways. We are hopeful to get some local party and if not, there are outsiders who have shown keen interest in Nagpur. Developers can also form a consortium to bid for the project. The conditions are very transparent and IRSDCL will help get all the sanctions,” said officials.

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Nagpur: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar museum to be ready by month end

(Article from 7 january 2020)
NAGPUR: The museum of Dalit icon Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Chicholi will be ready by the end of the month, say officials of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). The statue of Dr Ambedkar in the museum will, however, take some more time. “Finishing touches are being given and the buildings are being cleaned,” said an official.
NIT is facing a finance problem in the project, which, to some extent, is the reason for the delay. “The cost of the project is Rs41 crore and it is being funded by the social justice department. Till date we have not received a single penny. The contractors have not been paid and they regularly complain to us about non-payment of bills,” said an official.
The official further said that with Dalit MLA Nitin Raut becoming a minister, he expected the government to sanction the required amount soon.
The museum is located at Chicholi, which is 20 kilometre from the city centre on Katol Road. It is spread over an area of 11.5 acre. It also has a vipassana centre, hostel for students, anapan sati centre, monks’ quarters, a grand entrance gate, cafeteria and wash rooms.
The museum will house 988 articles of personal use of Dr Ambedkar. They were collected by his close aide Wamanrao Godbole, who built a small museum on his own. National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLCCP), Lucknow, restored these articles and now their life has been extended by 100 years.
Godbole had conceived the museum way back in 1956, when the father of the Indian Constitution passed away. He started work on it after retiring from the railways in 1985. He developed the museum bit by bit with his own money and taking donations from friends and acquaintances. He continued the process till his death in 2006.
After Godbole’s death, the Indian Buddhist Council (IBC) urged the state government to build a grand museum to showcase these articles. The Congress-NCP government agreed in principle but the then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan refused to change the reservation of Chicholi land, which was reserved for a stone quarry. His successor Devendra Fadnavis of BJP did the job and the project took off.

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New deadline for completing Outer Ring Road is year end

Nagpur: The National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI’s) contractor MEP Infrastructure has set a deadline for completing the Outer Ring Road by year end. The work order for the 61-kilometre stretch was issued in April 2016 and it was to be completed in three years.

Project director NL Yeotkar said the work had been divided into two packages — 33km-long first package which covered the stretch from Jamtha to Fetri via Gondkhairi and the 28km-long second one from Fetri to Pawangaon on Bhandara Road (beyond Kapsi).

“The first package at the cost of Rs 531 crore is 52% complete while the second one at Rs 649 crore is 43.5% ready,” he added.

Yeotkar admitted that the contract period expired long ago and added that the contractor had been fined. “We could not terminate the contract as we had not handed over the entire land. Now, 100% land required for the project is with him. He is facing some financial problems and is holding talks with the bank. I’m unaware of the outcome,” he said.

Under this project, NHAI will construct a new 40-km cement concrete four-lane road from Gondkhairi on Amravati Road to Bhilgaon-Sirpur on the Kamptee-Jabalpur section of NH 44 via Fetri on Kalmeshwar-Katol road, Bharatwada, Panjara on Koradi-Chhindwara section of NH 47. It will also widen the 21-km stretch from Gondkhairi to Gavasi Manapur on NH 44 from the existing two-lane to four-lane and convert it to concrete road. The ORR will also have an interchange with the under-construction Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway. NHAI will construct five railway overbridges, 20 minor bridges and 15 underpasses under the project.

The project is being developed under NHAI’s hybrid annuity system. NHAI will pay 40% of total cost to the contractor during the construction period. The remaining 60% will be paid in three instalments over 15 years from the date of completion with a fixed rate of return. When the work order was issued, the project was the first in the state and second in the country to be developed under hybrid annuity system.

NHAI will levy toll to recover the project cost. Toll will be recovered by NHAI through a private agency other than the one executing the project.

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Tender floated for Ajni intermodal station
Nagpur: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has finally floated the tender for phase I of intermodal station (IMS) at Ajni. The cost of the project is Rs 1,053.38 crore. It has to be completed in 2.5 years and the contractor will have to maintain the facility for ten years.
The bhoomipujan of the project was performed by union transport minister Nitin Gadkari in March 2019. After the bhoomipujan, NHAI had to get its design approved by Central Railway (CR) on whose land the project will come up. The tender was floated after all the formalities were over.
The IMS will have connectivity between long distance buses, city buses, railways, Metro and indirect link with the city airport. The IMS will have parking for long distance buses and it will act as a departure and arrival point for private buses. City buses will stop at IMS. When the IMS is ready, railways will be asked to convert Ajni into the main railway station of the city. Nagpur Metro’s Congress Nagar station will be connected to the IMS with a foot overbridge (FOB). You can reach the city airport directly by boarding the Metro at Congress Nagar station.
The contractor will have to build the main IMS building, a new railway station building, FOBs, subways, internal roads, new railway quarters, etc.
IMS is coming up on CR land and some railway quarters will have to be demolished. NHAI will build new quarters in lieu of these.
IMS will have space for parking 590 cars in the main building. The ground floor is reserved for arrivals. There would be 40 bus bays while 28 would be idle. The railway amenities include ticket counters, toilets, waiting room for 1,600 passengers, cloak room, VIP room, parcel office, 12 retail shops, etc. Four extra railway platforms will be built at Ajni. The main building will be connected to Ajni railway station by a FOB.
The first floor is reserved for departures. The bus station will have waiting room for 1,600 people, 80 bus bays, 10 retail shops, etc. The second floor will have ticket counters, food court, restaurants, hotels and lounges.
The facility is expected to handle 3 lakh passengers per day by 2050.

 

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Energy Education Park to come up at Koradi

Nagpur is to be developed as a tourism hub and several projects are proposed. These include Energy Education Park at Koradi, a tall Hanuman Statue, selfie-point, beautification of lake, world-class Buddhist Theme Park, business centre, and new stadium, said Dr Nitin Raut, Energy Minister of Maharashtra and Guardian Minister of district. Ashok Mokha, noted architect, made a presentation in this regard at Urja Guest House here on Saturday.

Dr Raut; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, former Energy Minister; Rajendra Mulak, former Minister of State for Energy; Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Ravindra Thakare, District Collector; Tukaram Mundhe, Municipal Commissioner; Vijay Shankar Sharma, Director of Raman Science Centre were present on the occasion. Dinesh Waghmare, Principal Secretary (Energy); Shaila A, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahagenco; Subhash Dumre, Director of MahaUrja; Suryakant Kulkarni of Nehru Science Centre; Ashok Jogade of Effort Planetarium; Ravi Bankar also joined in through video-conferencing from Mumbai.

Energy Education Park was proposed at Koradi in the State Budget by Ajit Pawar, Finance Minister, earlier this year. It will educate students about various aspects of energy, green energy, solar power system, various modes of power generation, biomass live models, solar charging stations etc. A tall Hanuman Statue also will be erected to add to the tourist attraction. A world-class Buddhist Theme Park is proposed at Futala. Other projects include new stadium in place of Yeshwant Stadium. It will help in increasing gross domestic product as well as per capita income, Dr Raut said. Anant Deotare, Chief Engineer of Mahagenco; Sunil Gujjalwar, Chief Engineer of Nagpur Improvement Trust; Rajiv Elkawar of Maha Metro; Anil Nagrare, Ramakant Meshram, and Anil Khaparde were present on the occasion.

 

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Nag river rejuvenation: NRCD clears Rs2,434cr escalated cost



Nagpur: In a major step towards rejuvenation of city’s iconic Nag river, the National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) on Tuesday approved escalated cost of Nag River Pollution Abatement Project. The cost has increased 65%, from Rs1,476.96 crore to Rs2,434 crore, due to inordinate delay and inclusion of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

City MP and Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari held meeting with officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), NRCD, Ministry of Jal Shakti, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), at New Delhi on Tuesday. Gadkari reportedly directed NRCD to give approval to revised project cost, which was done immediately after the meeting. Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar was also present.

The NMC general body had approved revised project cost on July 23 and submitted it to NRCD. Since then, the project was pending for approval with NRCD. Bangar told TOI Gadkari also directed NRCD officials to complete process of loan agreement between Government of India and Government of Japan as soon as possible. “NRCD will write a letter to Central government’s department of economic affairs on Wednesday to hold discussions with Government of Japan. Then, loan agreement will be signed followed by tendering process for appointing contractors to execute the works,” he said.

Bangar added NRCD will also write a letter to the state government to seek its guarantee for the loan. “Share of Centre in the project is 60%, 25% of state and remaining 15% of NMC. JICA will approve long term loan for shares of Centre and state, which they will repay. NMC will only have to contribute its share of 15%,” he said.

When Gadkari and officials of NRCD asked why project cost escalated, Bangar said it was due to price escalation and inclusion of GST. “Project cost of Rs 1,476.96 crore was prepared as per prices in 2014. When they were revised, cost increased to Rs 2,434 crore including GST of Rs 350 crore and consultant fees,” he said.

The project also covers rejuvenation of Pili river along with Nag river and will take four years to complete. JICA had given inprinciple approval, conducted inspection of Nag, Pili rivers and approved the detailed project report (DPR) before it was submitted to NRCD.

NMC is also preparing Nag Riverfront Development Project of Rs 1,600 crore. France-based AFD (French Development Agency) is preparing the DPR and likely to approve long term loan for the project.

Source: Nag river rejuvenation: NRCD clears Rs2,434cr escalated cost | Nagpur News - Times of India
 

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Govt invites tender for 741 km long Mumbai-Nagpur high-speed rail corridor

The government on Tuesday invited tenders to conduct a survey for a 741 km long high-speed rail corridor from Mumbai to Nagpur for potentially running a Bullet Train on the route. The high speed rail corridor will also pass through Nasik in Maharashtra.
The project implementing agency National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has been entrusted by the railways to prepare Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for seven new high-speed rail corridors.
The tender reviewed by Hindustan Times has been issued for carrying out ‘survey, identification of overhead, overground, underground utilities and identification of power sourcing options for substations’ along the proposed Mumbai-Nasik-Nagpur High-Speed Rail Corridor.
The national transporter has also begun feasibility studies on seven other potential high-speed corridors to gauge their financial viability and estimated traffic they will attract. The Indian Railways is exploring whether the corridors would be viable to run high-speed Bullet Trains with speeds above 300 kmph.
The seven proposed corridors are Delhi-Varanasi (865 km) Varanasi-Howrah (760 km), Delhi–Ahmedabad, Mumbai–Nagpur (741 km), Mumbai–Hyderabad (711 km), Chennai-Mysore (435 km) and Delhi–Amritsar (459 km).
“The length of the corridors as mentioned is tentative and subject to change as per actual survey,” a NHSRCL spokesperson said.
NHSRCL has also floated tenders related to data collection for the Delhi–Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor and the Delhi–Lucknow–Varanasi HSR corridor.
The 886 km long Delhi-Ahmedabad high speed rail project will pass through Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan.
This also comes at time when the Centre’s first bullet train project from Ahmedabad to Mumbai is facing delays and may fail to meet its 2023 deadline.
The timeline of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor will need to be reassessed due to Covid 19, but the real timeframe for its completion can be provided only within the next three to six months, railway board chairman and CEO VK Yadav said on Saturday.
Last Friday, Hindustan Times had reported that the work on land acquisition and tendering for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor may face delays due to Covid-19 and the Bullet Train may fail to meet its 2023 deadline.
So far, 63 per cent land has been acquired for the project, according to the railways.
The project has had to contend with issues ranging from protests by landowners to rising costs because of a widening gap between the Indian rupee and the Japanese yen; 80 percent of the Rs 1 trillion needed to fund the project will come from a 20-year Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) loan.

 

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Nod to Rs1,000cr Buddhist Theme Park around Futala Lake

Nagpur: Aaditya Thackeray, state minister for tourism and environment, has cleared guardian minister Nitin Raut’s ambitious plan for a Buddhist Theme Park around Futala Lake. The Rs1,000 crore park would be allocated Rs200 crore in each annual budget, said Thackeray, and the state will try to get a World Bank loan for it.
The park will include a 115 feet high statue of Lord Buddha, inside the lake but quite close to the bank. The statue will be on the west side of the lake and face the waterfront (on east side).

The park will have 64 viharas, two caves with Buddhist paintings and sculptures, interpretation centre, research centre, resort with 35 rooms, amphitheatre for 3,500 people, sculpture park, landscapes garden, theme exhibit halls, food court, art and craft village, children's play area etc.

The project proposes to start boating in the lake, with ghats and jetty for the purpose. A promenade would be constructed near the ghat.

Raut has planned the park with an eye on Buddhist tourists. Prominent Buddhist locations – Deekshabhoomi (where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism in 1956), Dragon Palace Temple and Naglok are also located in Nagpur.

Ashok Mokha, who designed the project, said not a single tree will be felled for the project. “We will instead plant more trees. It is a very environment friendly project,” he added. A nursery and conservatory are included in the project.

Thackeray also cleared an energy education park at Koradi. The park will be built by Raut’s energy department but its marketing will be done by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). Officials of tourism, environment, agriculture departments etc were present in the meeting.

While Raut is building Buddhist Theme Park on three sides of Futala Lake, Union minister Nitin Gadkari is setting up a multimedia laser show and building a spectator gallery on the west side of the lake. The shops on the waterfront were demolished and the gallery is coming up there. After these projects are complete, Futala will become a hang out spot but the ecology of the lake may be endangered.

 

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‘Street For People ’project, NSSCDCL begins survey

A move to create the Sitabuldi main road vehicle- free zone under ‘Street For People’project, on behalf of the Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited, a survey is being conducted on the Sitabuldi main road. Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Mahesh Morne and traffic police inspector Parag Pote inspected the main road on Tuesday. Under this project, the main markets of the city will be surveyed in next seven days. As the survey has started the CEO took the opinion of the Sitabuldi traders.
They have been asked if the main road is made vehicle-free what will be the effect on their business. The hawkers will also be benefited when the road will be made vehicle free zone. Separate arrangements will be made for the parking of the two-wheeler and four –wheeler. During the survey people responded in a positive way and praised the move to make the main road a vehicle free zone. People said that it would benefit the customers. In order to make Nagpur pollution free, the initiative has been started to create a vehicle free zone. Survey will be done for seven days. After getting the feedback, suggestions, further planning will be worked out.

 

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Ram Jhula set for extension till LIC Sq to end mess at rly station

Maha Metro starts work on Rs 234 crore ambitious project of decongesting the central portion of city

Finally a solution to end the mess around Nagpur Railway Station is round the corner as Maha Metro has taken up work to extend the Ram Jhula on its Northern side. According to the plans, now the take-off and landing of the four-lane bridge will start in front of Nexa Showroom, near LIC Square. It’s a deposit work of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that Metro is executing.

Once completed it would permanently decongest the central portion of city apart from upping the property valuation of Nagpur Railway Station. At present station yard is landlocked due to problems in circulating area. But once this two to three projects entrusted to Metro takes shape, the proposed redevelopment of Nagpur Station would be most attractive property development project of city. The extension of Railway Overbridge (RoB) on Kingsway would end the logjam that led to banning of right turn at Jaistambh Square due to shortening of landing.

Town Planning experts said the situation could have been avoided as MSRDC that executed the Ram Jhula project should have anticipated the problems that would arose due to short As was highlighted by The Hitavada from time to time, city planners ayed the only available solution that of extending the landing of the cable stayed bridge beyond Jaistambh Square. As per the plan now, the length of bridge is going to be extended by 855 metres.

The extended carriageway would rest on centre pillars that would come-up on space for dividers that separate the four-lane Kingsway. Confirming the development, Akhilesh Halve, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications, Maha Metro, said that the bridge extension plan is part of improvement to topography around Nagpur Railway Station. Soon the demolition of fly-over opposite railway station would start for extending the width of the road to six lanes so that traffic can move at faster place. This would also smoothen entry and exit through popular Western side of Nagpur Railway Station.

The extended UP and DN side of the Ram Jhula (it replaced old Santra Market Railway Overbridge) will have a width of 7.5 metres respectively. Also ample clearance is going to be available underneath the bridge to enable clear passage for all types of vehicles, the road clearance would be off 5.5 metres, added Halve. This would ensure that even heavy vehicles, especially private and city buses can now have a through access to station road. Since the spot became a nightmare for traffic jam, civic authorities on suggestions from Traffic Control Branch straightway blocked right turn by jamming the median gap.

This unilateral action on part of civic authorities was done without public consultations that put travellers in a tight spot. The total cost of the entire project is pegged at Rs. 234 crores and entire bridge length is getting extended. Several theories were examined whether just the portion of bridge coming down to Jaistambh needs to be extended and till what length. However after weighing all pros and cons it was decided to take the landing right upto LIC Square to ensure that the traffic snarls at Kingsway T-point and later ahead at Jaistambh Square is permanently taken care off.

Metro ready for parallel RuB to Loha Pul Maha Metro is also firming-up plans for improving East-West road traffic movement through construction of new subway to inter-connect Manas Square and Cotton Market Square. Metro's General Arrangement Drawing (GAD) was sent by officials of Nagpur Division to its Central Railway Headquarters. As per the plan, there is plan to push two 6x6 boxes next to Loha Pul. The total length of subway would be 87 metres and post completion ensure straight movement of road traffic on East-West corridor.

 

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Starting Jan 23: Indian Safari at Gorewada
Nagpur: Finally, the 15-year-long wait is over. The Gorewada International Zoo, the signature project of the city conceptualized in 2005, will see the light of the day with the opening of the Indian Safari on January 23.
The Indian Safari is the first phase of the project. It will be launched virtually by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray from Mumbai while forest minister Sanjay Rathod will be physically present.

In the second phase, FDCM plans to construct night safari (45 hectares), African safari (90 hectares), bio-park (30 hectares), bird park (7 hectares), among other attractions.

The master plan of the Indian Safari was prepared by Nagpur-based Ashfaque Ahmed Consultancy Services Private Limited, and works were carried out by Laxmi Engineering Services, Kolhapur.

“Yes, the stage is set for opening. I’m going to meet the chief minister on Monday to convince him to come for the inauguration on January 23,” said Rathod.

The Indian Safari consists of 7 leopards, 2 tigers, and 4 sloth bear safaris in 25 hectares each, and a composite herbivore safari in 40 hectares, with a buffer area totalling 115 hectares. The herbivore safari has 4 deer and 14 nilgai. The FDCM has spent over Rs40 crore on developing these safaris.

These animals were released from captivity at Gorewada Rescue Centre into the spacious safari cages between November 17 and 21. As per CZA guidelines, the animals were allowed to acclimatize for a month and now the stage is set for its opening. Every safari has big water ponds with connected pipelines to refill them. Hence, water will be available for animals all round the year.

On how the safaris will be managed, N Vasudevan, managing director of Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM), which is executing the project, said, “FDCM will run the show and we have procured three BharatBenz buses each having capacity of 30 tourists. The windows are large with good visibility.”

Vasudevan said Rs300 per tourist will be charged on weekdays and on weekends it will be Rs400. As an inaugural offer, FDCM plans to charge Rs250 on weekdays and Rs300 on weekends.

“Owing to Covid-19 restrictions, only 20 tourists will be allowed in each bus. The safari will be operational throughout the day. These buses will depart at 10-minute intervals and will operate between 10am and 5pm,” Vasudevan added.

HOW IT FARES

* Safari in 30-seater buses

* Due to Covid-19, 20 tourists only allowed in each bus

* Per person: Rs300 weekdays

* Per person: Rs400 on weekends

* Inaugural offer: Rs250 on weekdays & Rs300 on weekends

 

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Ambedkar Hosp DPR to be ready in a week
Nagpur: The consultant engaged by Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital and Research Centre (BAHRC) is likely to submit the report in a week. This DPR will be submitted to the cabinet for approval, after which tenders will be floated.
A dream project of guardian minister Nitin Raut, the hospital-cum-college will have 34 departments of which 31 will offer postgraduate courses. The estimated cost of the project is Rs1,024 crore. It will also have special units for sickle cell and thalassaemia patients. The architectural design of the hospital is ready and it will be G + 8 structure.

Dr Ravi Chauhan of IGGMCH is the nodal officer for the project. He told TOI, the BAHRC will cater to lakhs of people, particularly living in Vidarbha. “Primarily, it will cater to North Nagpur, Kamptee, Kanhan, Ramtek, etc. Ideally, the total number of beds in government hospitals in a city of Nagpur’s size should be 10,000. However, we have only 3,500 beds in government hospitals as of now. This created a lot of problems when the Covid pandemic was at its peak,” he said.

The nodal officer further said North Nagpur has a large population of underprivileged people. “For superspeciality medical services, they have to travel over 10km to go to the institute at Tukdoji Square. After the project is complete, they will get these services near their homes,” he added.

Dr Chauhan said Raut wants the facilities of BAHRC to be at par with best private hospitals in Mumbai. “We will devise a model to achieve the minister’s objective,” he added.

Initially, the hospital will have 615 beds, but the hospital will have space to increase the number to 900 in future.

Raut had got the project sanctioned in 2014 when Congress-NCP government was in power. However, the BJP-Shiv Sena government ignored the project. The minister revived the project after Congress became a part of the government again.

On October 13, 2020, a meeting was held with medical education minister Amit Deshmukh, who agreed to increase the number of departments by seven and number of beds by 140.

 

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Centre planning two industrial corridors linking Nagpur

Nagpur: The union ministry of commerce and industry has accorded approval for development of eleven industrial corridors in four phases as part of national master plan for providing multimodal connectivity to economic zones. Two of these corridors link the city — Hyderabad-Nagpur and Delhi-Nagpur. While the central government has decided to develop an industrial township in Zaheerabad, Telangana under Hyderabad-Nagpur Industrial Corridor project, detailed proposal is awaited from state governments for Delhi-Nagpur Industrial Corridor. It is clear that the city will not benefit from this ambitious scheme in near future. According to a written reply by Som Prakash, minister of state for commerce, in Lok Sabha, the Government of India is developing various industrial corridor projects as part of National Industrial Corridor Programme which is aimed at development of greenfield industrial cities in India in order to compete with the best manufacturing and investment destinations in the world. National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) has been constituted for unified development of industrial corridors in the country. Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is the first industrial corridor, which is being implemented in the country wherein substantial progress has been made.

Prakash further stated that the industrial corridors program was aimed at providing multi-modal connectivity with complete ‘plug and play’ infrastructure till the plot level along with building resilient and sustainable future ready cities.

Shiv Kumar Rao, president of Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED), said that the Hyderabad-Nagpur Industrial Corridor had been proposed by Telangana government four to five years ago. “The central government had suggested some changes, which have been made. VED is trying to coordinate with Telangana government and centre for linking the corridor with Samruddhi Mahamarg so that Vidarbha benefits,” he told TOI. Rao further said that the detailed project report (DPR) of Delhi-Nagpur Industrial Corridor was yet to be prepared. “We will give inputs to central government so that Vidarbha gets the maximum benefit from this project,” he added.


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Gadkari okays feasibility study for refinery in Vid: VED
The Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) has been assiduously pursuing for establishing of a refinery-cum-petro-chemical complex in Vidarbha for almost a decade, for which it had requested Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas to arrange for the public sector units (PSUs) to conduct a techno-economic feasibility study that is necessary for such a large project to be set up in Vidarbha. On meeting the norms suggested by the study, it would be a major growth-engine for this region. Members of VED led by Vilas Kale, Past President, Shivkumar Rao, President, Devendra Parekh, Pradeep Maheshwar and Navin Malewar met Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, Road Transport and Highways.

After a presentation by the VED Council, he was convinced for the need of refinery-cum-petro-chemical complex in Vidarbha and need for a techno-economic feasibility study. On this, Gadkari communicated to Pradhan to initiate this study which, if found feasible, would be a boon for Vidarbha. Gadkari felt that the information disseminated through the presentation by VED showed that the fuel consumption in Central India, which is about 14-15 MTPA, can be met by setting up the project in Vidarbha and that the 30 cement plants in the region and textile industries in the surrounding areas would greatly benefit from the availability of petroleum products like Pet Coke, PTA and MEG. In his communication, Gadkari further pointed out to Pradhan that the major reason for the sluggish industrial development of Vidarbha region was due to high cost of transportation of fuel and petroleum products from distant refineries, which would be obviated by a refinery here.

Gadkari was of the opinion that Nagpur-Vidarbha being centrally located, a crude petroleum pipeline could be laid across the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg up to Nagpur, which would enable the transportation of petroleum at lower costs. The process, he felt, would trigger development and the possibility of downstream MSME units due to the availability of petroleum products here itself. When set up, the refinery would help setting up of downstream industries, especially plastic, chemicals, detergents, lubricants etc., by reducing cost of fuels which are the highest in Vidarbha. This notion is supported further by the fact that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently announced that the refining capacity of the country needs to be doubled by 2025.

Hence, this project in Vidarbha would fulfill the current vacuum and the fuel consumption of 15 MPTPA in Central India would get catered to at a lower cost. The direct and indirect employment generation potential would be 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh, which would be a huge boost to the economy of the region and accelerate its per capita income growth. There would also be a higher demand for bio-fuel due to a targeted blending of 20 per cent. There could be a possible lower ATF cost for airlines at MIHAN. It would also aid the development of the north-south and east-west corridors, informs Shivkumar Rao in a press release.

 
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