Nagpur 28 November 2020
Work is being done on the lines of making Ajni station an Inter Model Station. Here the residents of the city and the passengers coming from the railway will get metro facility, bus, taxi facility. Rail Land Development Authority and NHAI have also signed MoUs for this Inter Model Station. Tender has been removed for this. Currently its bidding process is in progress. The total tender is 1053.38 crores.
Preparation for this project had started from 2018. Buildings will also be built for commercial use. Along with this, the health center, shopping complex, zone 4 DCP office including the quarters and offices of the railway will also be built in about 70 crores. Along with this, rail water harvesting and solar panels will be used environmentally.
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Platform No. 7 of Ajni railway station will be constructed in the railway terminal, where escalators and elevators will be installed. With this, 3 feet overbridges will be built from the station to the core building of IMS. There will be two bridges 10 meters in width and one bridge will be 30 meters wide. The railway station building will also be renovated. 270 meters of space will also be left between IMS’s core and the railway for future development.
Railway has 750 acres of land in Ajni, while 50 to 60 acres of land is required for IMS (Inter Model Station). With the facility of metro station, ring road, rail, bus and metro will be available to the passengers at the same place. Ajni is also connected to the airport. It will consist of multi level parking and commercial complexes. Similarly, the land of the jail is also 150 acres. On this subject, the Chief Minister said that the jail is also going beyond the city limits. This place can also be used. During the discussion on the logistics hub in Khapri, Gadkari said that, while a lot of space can be found for the park, HPCL is also going outside the city.
It was informed to Ajni and Khapri station that the expenditure for the construction of Inter Model Station and Logistic Hub would be 1600 crores. On receiving information about the provision of 1700 crores in the Union Budget, Gadkari directed to make a world-class plan for both projects and to take joint cooperation of Nagpur Metropolitan Development State Authority, Nagpur Metropolitan Municipality, Nagpur in this task.
Speculation is around the corner that about 7,000 trees are proposed to be felled for the proposed InterModal Station Project (IMS) at Ajani in Nagpur . Regional office of National Highway Authority of India clarified that the IMS project is in resonance with Environment Impact Assessment. As per Detailed Project Study approximately only 1,940 trees are proposed to be felled. It is also proposed that the maximum number of these trees shall be replanted or transplanted as per the advice of Forest Department and Forest Experts. Regional office of NHAI also informed that a compensatory afforestation of 25,000 trees shall be carried out by the NHAI on the available vacant spaces on the National Highway Projects land in and around Nagpur.
InterModal Station proposed to be constructed at Ajni, with a Land Acquisition of 44.4 acres of Indian Railway land, available adjacent to Railway tracks, for handling capacity of over 3 lakhs passengers per day with a facility of Bus Stand , Railway Station and a Metro Station in the proposed vicinity. This Project is taken up for development of the city of Nagpur in the best interest of people as currently Nagpur Central Station is heavily congested and has limited scope of expansion. There are no organized bus terminuses for intra-city & inter-city buses. This is leading to an increase in road traffic and corresponding pollution across the city.
The proposed InterModal Station will also save 16,31,737 litres of fuel and prevent 75,65,196 Kgs. of Carbon Dioxide emissions over a period of up to year 2050.
Accordingly, this facility is being developed in an environmentally friendly manner, with sufficient open and green spaces incorporated in the design. The development of this facility shall lead to environmental benefits including reduction in congestion and pollution, stated a press release issued by Regional office of NHAI in Nagpur.