Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) yesterday granted relief to the shopkeepers and traders at Munje Square and Sitabuldi by announcing that two meters of space will be made available for passing of two-wheelers between Munje Square and Anand Talkies Square.
The announcement came against the backdrop of protest by shopkeepers and traders at Munje Chowk and Sitabuldi who complained that because roads were blocked for the construction of Sitabuldi Interchange Metro station, their day-to-day business was heavily hampered.
Mahesh Kumar Agrawal, Director (Project) and S Sivamathan, Director (Project Finance) addressing members of the press said that road dividers at a few places will be broken so that people can come out of the lanes at Modi No 1, 2 and 3 and Hanuman Gali at Sitabuldi.
However, this road will remain open only for two to three months for two-wheelers after which it will be completely closed. Traffic marshals appointed by MMRCL will not allow four-wheelers to enter this road during this period.
Mahesh Kumar Agrawal added, “While construction of Sitabuldi station would take two years, MMRCL will remove the barricades within one year. Thereafter, we will provide free parking at Morris College ground. Shop owners and customers will have to park their vehicles and go to Sitabuldi.”
Informing on the money being used in the project S Sivamathan added “MMRCL required Rs 1,100 crores in 2016-17 and this requirement was fulfilled. If Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is not able to pay its share of Rs 73 crores in the coming year, MMRCL would seek an additional grant from state government as the agency needs Rs 2,700 crores in 2017-18 for the Metro project.”
The Sitabuldi station work, wherein a L shaped building will be constructed, is likely to be completed in the next two years. The building will be consists of four floors, wherein first floor will have concourse for Metro Rail, second floor will have a platform for East-West corridor and third floor will have a platform for the North-South corridor. The top floor will be having a Operational Control Centre (OCC) for the metro rail network from where power supply, metro rail signals, CCTV controls and all operational setups will be managed.