Nagpur: Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) would soon sign a concession agreement for starting first of its kind Broad Gauge (BG) metro trains services on assets of Indian Railways in the region. Maha Metro Managing Director Dr. Brijesh Dixit recently informed that the corporation has received in-principle approval from Railway Board for its Detailed Project Report (DPR).
- The DPR outlined the project of running fast local services as envisaged by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for 50-100 km rail route ex-Nagpur.
- Maha Metro is eyeing Nagpur-Bhandara route of South East Central Railway (SECR) and Nagpur-Wardha- Chandrapur segment of Central Railway for running train services akin to suburban Mumbai locals.
- With in-principle approval to the DPR, the board had asked Maha Metro to sign concession agreement as the trains have to run on property of respective zones and utilised their manpower.
- Dr. Brijesh Dixit said, while MEMU’s maximum speed is 100 kmph, that of our trains would be nearly 120 kmph.
- However, to reach the stage of starting the services, Maha Metro needs to do more ground and it could take almost a year as the deal is yet to be finalised.
- First is the issue of scouting a suitable land for establishing a manufacturing unit for Broad Gauge coaches by Maha Metro and the decision about the same is yet to be finalised by its Board.
- The proposal would be taken up by Maha Metro Board soon, he said.
- It would be procured in initial stage and right now the quantum of funding and how to get funds are to be decided, he added.