Showing the Way Forward
Maha-Metro Rail Corporation is setting up an example for quality, efficiency, and speed, by using globally tested digital technologies, latest construction equipment and methods, green initiatives, and skill development of its employees. Mr. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maha-Metro Rail Corporation, shares details of the ongoing Nagpur and Pune metro projects with Maria R.
Urbanization and vehicular growth are closely linked. In the developing countries, there has been tremendous growth of two and three wheelers with the increasing of city size. Movement of people and goods within city limits and from one city to another now has become a serious problem in the wake of rapid urbanization.
Growth of metropolitan cities in India has increased the share of urban population from 19% in 1955 to about 43% in 2011. This has led to increase in pollution, traffic congestion and resultant increase in travel time etc. Public transport system in urban areas therefore is of vital importance.
As part of NUTP (National Urban Transport Policy), the Government is promoting use of MRTS in cities with a population of 20 million and above, and has accorded approval to metro projects in mid-size cities like Nagpur, Pune, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Visakhapatnam and some others. MRTS will provide a convenient mode of transport for first and last mile connectivity along with the feeder buses, decongest the city roads, and reduce pollution and carbon footprint.
What progress have the Nagpur and Pune metros made, their total length and deadline for completion?
As of now, the physical progress of Nagpur is 42.06% and of Pune metro is 3.00 %.
How is the metro rail changing the urban transportation system in India?