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Dec 03 2016 (09:55)  Metro rail gallery to give a sneak-peek of metro stations and their futuristic designs (
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The supersonic speed with which the metro railwork is progressing in the city, has amazed all those naysayers who have usually scoffed at anything that is remotely associated with the government. There is still time for the metro to buzz past various parts of the city, but the metro rail experience is now being gifted to the Nagpurians via a mini metro gallery at Civil Lines. It gives them a feel of the metro much before the real one kickstarts in the city...
Unveiling in next 10 days
"The gallery, which is coming
up at Metro House, Civil Lines, will be fully ready and will be opened to people of Nagpur in the next 10 days," shares MD of Nagpur Metro Rail, Brijesh Dixit. He goes on to add, "Set up in 7000 sq feet, it will give Nagpurians the feel of the real metro. Right from tiles to pillars, coaches and flooring, the miniature gallery will have the models with exactly the same material used for the metro project."
Caters to Special people's needs
"Not many people know that Nagpur metro project and its stations will be 100% special people friendly," shares Dixit and goes on to add, "The visually challenged people's queries in braille will be answered in voice tone. Even the pathways with stainless steel tactiles are all part of a futuristic design, meant to help people with special needs. And the gallery will showcase these aspects to people at large. We have collaborated with French and US firms to create this state-of-the -art infrastructure. At any given time, three teams are working with the top 20 architects and more than 120 engineers for metro project that will make people's lives easier and this aspect is aptly showcased at the gallery."
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Creating a special bond
According to metro MD, the whole idea behind this gallery is to create a special connect. "Metro rail belongs to people of Nagpur, and we want Nagpurians to have a sense of belonging and pride for this project. That is why we have created this gallery, so that no misconception remains in people's minds. Also, when you see how a project looks like in black and white, you tend to have a greater affinity towards it, rather than a project explained merely through presentations or words. It is a window-dressing through which we are trying to explain the 36 metro stations, their architecture, facilities given to the passengers and aesthetics in a creative manner. We want people to share their feelings with us. We organise a lot of interactive sessions too, called 'samvad', at various strategic locations to interact directly with the people of each and every area through which metro will traverse. I'm glad that a deep bond is slowly developing between people and this project."
Celebrating Nagpur's ethnic aura
On display at the gallery would be classy pillars and staircases, which reflect the new-age technique. Dixit makes it clear, "We have taken inspiration for the design and aesthetics from Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris and London rail projects, but we are adapting the aesthetics to showcase the beauty of Vidarbha and Maharashtra. Right from tigers, to orange, to lavani, tribal art and heritage structures, the inherent beauty of our region will be presented at all the metro stations and duly showcased at the gallery too."
'Tip of the iceberg'
There is more in store for the people of Nagpur, promises the metro MD with a smile and adds, "This gallery is just the tip of the iceberg. At the new Metro Bhawan coming up near Deekshabhoomi, the entire ground floor will be dedicated to the latest techniques of metro rail. It will be like a compilation of all the latest developments in the sphere, in 3-D designs; and it will be ready by June 2017."
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