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Maha Metro to run Navi Mumbai Metro for ten years


Nagpur, July 16: Maha Metro has added another feather in its cap with City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the agency in-charge of Navi Mumbai Metro project, deciding to appoint it for operating and maintaining services on Line 1 of the project. The contract period is 10 years. Maha Metro is already executing the balance work of this line.
CIDCO has issued the letter of acceptance to Maha Metro and an agreement between the two agencies in this regard will be signed soon.
Navi Mumbai is the third city in Maharashtra, where Maha Metro is executing a metro rail project. The Nagpur Metro Phase-I is partially operational while work is going on the remaining stretches, which will be complete by 2021 end. Construction of Pune Metro Phase-I is also progressing at a fast pace. Nasik Metro project, designed by Maha Metro, is awaiting clearance from union cabinet. Soon, Maha Metro under leadership of its Managing Director Dr Brijesh Dixit, will execute metro rail projects in four cities. It has also prepared the detailed project reports (DPRs) of Thane and Warangal Metros.
CIDCO in February 2021 had entered into an agreement with Maha Metro for completing the balance work of Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1. This line is from Belapur to Pendhar and consists of 11 stations, 11 km track, a depot for maintenance at Taloja and two traction sub-stations at Panchanand and Kharghar. Work on this line is going on at full swing and is expected to be complete as per target.
Maha Metro has posted key officials at Navi Mumbai and has taken over the role of Engineer in Charge also. It was decided to commission the line in two phases and as a first phase work between stations no. 7 to 11 has been taken up on priority basis. Maha Metro has completed the leftover track work and now 100% track is laid. Likewise erection of overhead equipment (OHE) on 11 km track (of total 22 km) has also been completed. Fine tuning has been started for running the trains for trials.
All the metro trains are being tested in depot, for that purpose a test track of around 1 km is ready. Trains have been tested on main line up to Central Park Station and regular testing is being continued on main line for approval of Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), an Indian Railways undertaking.

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7th fuel hike in 8 days: 1-litre petrol in Nagpur now costs ₹115 per litre, diesel over ₹97 per litre

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

With the seventh fuel hike in eight days, the rates of petrol and diesel have made an upswing once again in the country on Tuesday.

People living in Nagpur would now have to shell out ₹114.96 for one-litre petrol while one-litre diesel is retailed at ₹97.73 in the city. Last year in May 2021, the price of petrol crossed ₹100-a-litre in Nagpur city.

However, the government continues to underline that Russias invasion of Ukraine was one of the factors behind the fuel hike.
The fuel prices, for over four-and-a-half months, remained unchanged, during which election campaigns and polling were held in five states namely Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi increased to ₹100.21 per litre and ₹91.47 per litre respectively.
While in Mumbai, petrol price stood at ₹115.04 per litre, and diesel increased to ₹99.25 per litre. 

One litre petrol in Chennai would now cost ₹105.94 and a litre of diesel would cost ₹96.
In Kolkata, one litre petrol would be available at ₹109.68 per litre while diesel would be retailed at ₹94.62 per litre.

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Lactation room inaugurated at district collector office in Nagpur

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Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) and Nagpur District Collector Office jointly installed a Lactation Room having state-of-the-art facilities in the premises of District Collector Office, Civil Lines, on the occasion of Womens Day on Tuesday.

Divisional Commissioner Prajakta Lawangare Verma inaugurated the room in the presence of District Collector R Vimala, Buvesneswari S (CEO, NSSCDCL) and Additional Collector Shrish Pande. The first of its kind facility has also been inaugurated at the premises of Nagpur Municipal Corporation by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

As a global health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6-24 months of life. By enhancing the public domain of young children and their families to be healthy and more stimulating for early childhood, there is a need to consciously address the needs of young children and lactating mothers. Nagpur Smart City has installed a Room to provide a safe, private, and secure place for women for feeding. The room is equipped with up-to-the-minute facilities and top-grade/ prime quality components.


This is the first of its kind among all the Smart Cities in the nation. The CSR-funded facility is also the first in India to be installed in the premises of Administrative Buildings to promote inclusivity and user comfort in District Collector premises.

The Mother-Child friendly Rooms 4ft x 8ft area comprises of comfortable seating space, adjustable tabletop, mirror surface above the cabinet, storage space for diapers, water boiler, sanitizer, first aid box, disposal unit that encourages inclusivity for working and visiting women with infants. The standalone room also has electrical connection for all fixtures with detachable floor mat that is easy to clean.

The initiative CSR with conceptual design for lactation room has been initiated by Chief Planner of Smart City Rahul Pande and his team. CSR fund is provided by Estoria Builders and Developers Limited. Divisional Commissioner presented a certificate of appreciation to Harshawardhan Nagpure and Sachin Nagpure for the CSR initiative. The programme was conducted by Manish Soni, PRO of Smart City while Law Officer Manjeet Neware proposed vote of thanks. The interns of Nagpur Smart City played essential role in the execution of this unique feature. The team members of Nagpur Smart City were present in the function.

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Nagpur Smart City conducts ‘Placemaking 2.0’ campaign at Mahal market

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Beautifully decorated streets of Mahal market in Nagpur during 'Placemaking 2.0' by Nagpur Smart City

Beautifully decorated streets of Mahal market in Nagpur during ‘Placemaking 2.0’ by Nagpur Smart City

Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) recently conducted the Placemaking 2.0 trial campaign on the streets of Mahal market in the city with an intention to make the market pedestrian friendly under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – part II of the placemaking initiative of Smart Cities Mission and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
NSSCDCL intends to conduct and monitor the intervention on temporary basis, using tactical urbanism as a tool, to understand the perspective of the local stakeholders, behavior and challenges before any permanent intervention.

Citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during 'Placemaking 2.0' by Nagpur Smart City

Citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during ‘Placemaking 2.0’ by Nagpur Smart City

During the initiative, various interesting events were in 75 hours as the old Mahal street was changed from being a vehicle oriented and unorganized market to a pedestrian oriented and well-organized market. Several activities were also held during the placemaking event, which included urban Sketching with the Nagpur’s Urban Sketchers group, which documented Nagpur and its heritage through sketches. A heritage walk with Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, Buveneswari S (CEO, NSSCDCL), and other city officials was also conducted.

Cybercrime awareness and a road safety campaigns were also organized. Pedestrians, shoppers, and children played various games such as khokho, badminton, and gully cricket on the street throughout the day.
The initiative was an attempt by NSSCDCL towards reclaiming spaces from vehicles and giving it back to people. For the event, NSSCDCL collaborated with The HabitatArchitecture Urban design Interiors Studio, Another Earthling Studio, Urban Sketchers and ESAF Foundation.

Senior citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during 'Placemaking 2.0' by Nagpur Smart City

Senior citizens in Mahal market in Nagpur during ‘Placemaking 2.0’ by Nagpur Smart City

For the initiative, NSSCDCL gathered design inputs from the users on the trial interventions. It also conducted stakeholder engagements on site to understand the perspective of the local shopkeepers, restaurant owners, small business owners and residents. Reacting to the event, local stakeholders mentioned that they were happy with the trial and were looking forward to permanently restrict vehicular movement in the area of intervention.

Under Placemaking 2.0, Nagpur Smart City has also activated a smart parking area at Ramdaspeth by installing variable message signboards to display messages related to COVID and environmental awareness.

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