Under the smart city plan, the Maharashtra Government has given its approval to the Nashik Metro’s detailed project report (DPR), which was prepared by the MahaMetro. The project will be known as Nashik Metro Neo. The Central and State Governments will together pitch in Rs 939.3 crore for the Rs 2,100.06-crore project. The MahaMetro will raise the remaining Rs 1,161.3 crore through loans.
While the Centre’s share is Rs 387 crore, the State Government’s share (including Cidco and NMC) is Rs 552.19 crore. The NMC’s contribution will come in the form of land for three depots. “The state cabinet has given its nod to the Nashik Metro Neo project. It’s a milestone and proud moment for the Nashik city. We will now submit the proposal to the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA). We will immediately start work on the project once we get MOHUA’s nod,” said Brijesh Dixit, the MD of MahaMetro.
Swanky rubber-tired coaches would run on two elevated corridors covering 32 km — with a total of 25 stations.
Two corridors have been planned initially. Corridor one will stretch from Gangapur to Mumbai Naka covering a length of 10 km. This stretch will have 10 stations. Corridor two, meanwhile, will be from Gangapur to Nashik Road, covering 22 km and 15 stations. CBS will be an interchange station where both the corridors meet. There will be two feeder corridors. Feeder corridor one will cover Satpur colony-Garware-Mumbai Naka stretch, while feeder corridor two will run cover Nashik Road-Nandur Naka-Shivaji Nagar.
The electric bus coaches will be 25 m and 18 m in length and they will have carrying capacity of 200 and 300 passengers, respectively. The buses will have rubber tyres and draw power from the overhead electric wire having 600-750 V DC supply. The buses will be air-conditioned with automatic door closing system, level boarding, comfortable seats, passenger announcement and passenger information systems with electronic display.