After a recently conducted joint inspection by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Nagpur Metro Rail Corp Ltd (NMRCL) at metro’s proposed route at Khapri, the AAI gave its approval through a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the NMRCL to construct a 800 meter elevated stretch between Khapri railway station and the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) siding. Given how big of a pain and slow AAI can be, this is great news!
The priority section of the 19.65 km north-south line includes the 4.5 km stretch in the MIHAN Airport area which was designed by RITES. The metro line here will primarily be built at-grade (on the ground level), but due to the presence of roads & CONCOR’s siding line, 3 bridges including a rail overbridge will be built here by Nagarjuna Construction Company which was given the contract earlier in May. Since this section lies within the funnel zone of the airport’s future runway, a NOC from the AAI was required.
With this NOC granted, I expect work to be expedited! As a reminder, work is already underway to erect retaining walls & boundary walls along the Khapri depot’s land.
For more updates on Nagpur’s Metro, check out the Nagpur section of The Metro Rail Guy!