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The cost of the conventional Metro project being executed by other states is Rs 250 crore per km, while Maha-Metro is executing the same project at Rs180 crore per km. Metro Neo will cost just Rs 72 crore per km.

A month ago, a high-level delegation of elected representatives and officials visited the Nagpur Metro project to study the double-decker system. The team further held extensive discussions with Maha-Metro officials, where a presentation was made followed by a site visit.

The team then sought help from the Maha-Metro in building similar infrastructure in Telangana. The Maha-Metro team was invited by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for a detailed presentation on innovative solution prepared by the Maha-Metro.

At a recent meeting in Delhi by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), this “cost-effective” solution called ‘Metro Neo’ was accepted for Tier II and Tier III cities. It can also be adopted for Tier I cities as a feeder service. The model developed for Nashik was discussed at various forums.

The central government, in August, formed a committee under the chairpersonship of Dixit to standardise detailed specifications for Rubber-Tyre Mass Rapid Transportation System (MRTS) with a view to implement it across India.

After concluding the DPR work for Thane and the Metro Neo project for Nashik, the Maha-Metro has bagged the DPR work in Telangana. As part of the project, the length of bus coaches will be 18 m or 25 m, with a carrying capacity of 200 to 300 passengers. The buses run on rubber-tyre and draw power from overhead electric wires similar to railway system.

Taking the note of excellence of its “capability, experience and innovative solution in providing economical, safe, reliable rubber-tyre Metro rail”, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (Maha-Metro) has been awarded the consultancy for the Metro Neo project at Warangal district in Telangana. The Telangana government made the announcement after a high-power meeting at Hyderabad.

The Maha-Metro, the first state, other than Maharashtra, to recognise the company’s expertise in finding cost effective solution for Metro services is Telangana state, where a presentation was made by a team, including Dr Brijesh Dixit, managing director, Mahesh Kumar, director (project), in the presence of Telangana Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao.

“The minister requested Maha-Metro to take up the assignment of preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) for rubber-tyre Metro for Warangal district for a length of 10 km to 15 km. It is a matter of great satisfaction that a cost-effective solution, at one-third the cost of the conventional system, is being planned in Warangal district, other than Nashik district.”