Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is expected to inspect four Nagpur Metro stations this month – Ajni Square, Rahate Colony, Bansi Nagar and LAD Square. Sources in MahaMetro said a team from the commissioner’s office had already inspected these stations and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements.
Ajni Square, Rahate Colony and Bansi Nagar stations are ready while LAD Square is almost complete. Eleven stations of Nagpur Metro are already operational. The Metro, however, is not running, as state government is yet to allow plying of metros in the state.
Sources said Rahate Colony station had a built up area of 5,798 square metre. “The first floor has ticket counters, shops, toilets etc. The platforms are on the second floor and you can reach there using lifts and escalators. Special arrangements have been made to allow senior citizens and physically challenged to board the Metro. We have installed rainwater harvesting in the station too,” said an official.
The Bansi Nagar station has a built up area of 5,800 sq m. “Entry is from one side and exit is from the opposite side. There are three levels in the station – ground, concourse and platform. The control room and ticket counters are on the concourse level,” said the official. Bansi Nagar station has a water tank at ground level for fire fighting.
Solar panels have been mounted on its roof to meet part of its power requirement. Biodigesters have been installed to meet green building norms. UPS and a diesel generator have been installed so that power supply does not go off during breakdowns.
Ajni Square is built over an area of 4,815 sq m. It has to be reached by a 115-metre-long skywalk. A baby care room has been provided at the concourse level. Some shops have also been constructed, which will be leased to private operators. The whole area will be under CCTV coverage.