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Neo-Metro project or Election Gambit; Nashik metro, a 2,000 crore project announced

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NASHIK: The Smart City of Nashik is now going to be a Metro City with insertion of Neo Metro very soon. Within next four years the government has planned to develop this anticipated tyre-based metro bus service. It will be a first of its kind project in country and will be developed as a pilot project for tier two and tier three cities like Nashik, Informed Managing Director of Maha Metro, Dr Brijesh Dixit

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The Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) will be the first project throughout the country which will be developed in Nashik. The Metro bus service will be developed on two routes in city. First from Gangapur Road to Nashik Road and second route is from CBS to Gangapur , of 22 kilometre and 10 km respectively.

The project will cost around Rs. 60 crore per kilometer which will be around Rs. 1800 to 2000 crore. The project will be funded through aid from international community with minimal interest. The Central and State governments will bear 20- 20 percent of the project cost and remaining will be raised through an international aid.

“The project will take four years to complete. Very soon we are going to submit the Development Plan Report (DPR) and we are sure we will get the nod. The project will be very cost effective compare to other Metro systems in 18 cities of India. The Metro buses will be run on feeder system, which is hybrid version which can run on road as well as on special electrified route,” informed Dr Dixit.

He added that the project will be run on, no profit-no loss basis and Maha Metro will be liable for that. The ownership will be with Central and State government. On the occasion Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishna Game, Mayor Ranjana Bhansi, MLA Devyani Pharande, MLA Seema Hiray, MLA Balasaheb Sanap, Dr Hemant Sonawane and others were present for the media briefing.

Highlights of Neo-Metro
The Metro Bus will be with AC Electric Coaches
Rubber-tyred with electric overhead traction 600-750 V
Carrying capacity will be 200 to 300 passengers
The system will rely on an Elevated corridor,
Route Gangapur-Nashik Road will have 19 stations in 22 km stretch and between Gangapur-Mumbai Naka will have 10 stations.

Feeder Bus will battery-powered and will run on the existing road on the 2 feeder routes
(i) Mumbai Naka via Garware to Satpur Colony(12 km) and
(ii) Nashik station to Shivaji-Nagar via Nandur Naka (12km).

The bus will get charged while operating on the main corridors and will enable seamless travel with wide coverage. No separate charging facility will be required.

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