Show­ing the Way For­ward

NBM&CW - - INTERVIEW -

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?

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