The flyover in front of Nagpur Railway Station, which connects Manas Square to Jaistambh Square, will be demolished soon. Nagpur Municipal Corporation has cleared the demolition of the seven-year-old flyover, which was completed in 2011 at the cost of Rs 16.23 crore.
The demolition of the flyover is part of the plan, wherein NMC will transfer its land between Cotton Market and Khowa Market to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro). Apart from the demolition of the flyover, the plan also includes handing over the buildings of Mahatma Phule Market, Mahatma Phule School, Naka No 13 and Octroi Post to Maha Metro.
As per a report in The Times of India, the 175 shops beneath the flyover will be shifted along with MP and MSRTC bus stands located between railway station and Manas Square as part of a plan to solve the problem of traffic congestion around the railway station, Tekdi Ganesh Temple and Kingsway. The decision to rehabilitate shops beneath the flyover will also be taken. NMC had recovered the cost of the flyover from the 175 shop owners in 2006.
The demolition of the flyover was first suggested by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari following which former Nagpur Mayor Pravin Datke tabled a proposal in the NMC general body in June 2017 for a proper study of the flyover. Officials from the corporation then inspected the flow of traffic along with officials from Territorial Army 118 Battalion, Nagpur Traffic Police, Central Railway (CR) and South Eastern Central Railway (SECR). Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT, Nagpur) was then roped in and the experts at the institute to conduct a study and develop a plan to regulate traffic.