The proposed metro coach manufacturing unit set to come up in Nagpur will now be built by MAHA-Metro, which is tasked with constructing the Nagpur and Pune metro projects. It is all likely that BEML – a PSU under Ministry of Defence, will be invited to form a Joint Venture company so as to speed up the project.
China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, which was supposed to build the unit, has not released an official statement on why it has backed out of the project.
MAHA-Metro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit told that the project had come its way after there was no headway in the CRRC initiative. “They (CRRC) are waiting for more orders than the 69 coaches for Nagpur metro to be able to initiate action. The government had already earmarked land for the project. Since there was no headway in the CRRC initiative in terms of purchase of land at the Butibori Industrial Estate near Nagpur, it was decided that MAHA-Metro itself will set up the unit,” he said. Read More
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