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Dec 20 2016 (08:48)  Railway plan sees Nagpur as ‘Spoke & Hub’ place (
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NAGPUR: The National Railway Plan (NRP-2030) unveiled by the ministry of railways a few days ago has envisaged Nagpur as 'Spoke & Hub' place considering its strategic location and proposes to develop high speed rail network keeping in view the time of point-to-point travel of about six hours to major cities.
The spoke-hub distribution model is a system of connections arranged like a wire wheel in which all traffic moves along spokes connected to the hub at the centre. The model is commonly used in industry, particularly transport and freight, and is most frequently compared to point-to-point transit model.
will have leverage in 'spoke-hub' model as Nagpur will be focal point from where goods will be dispatched to various cities. Already logistics parks are in pipeline like the one in Borkhedi for containers and couple of them in Mihan. This will facilitate easy movement of freight and passengers," said Central Railway officials.
While presenting railway budget (2016-17), minister Suresh Prabhu announced that railways intend to develop a National Rail Plan to draft medium (5 years) and long (10 years) term corporate plans and identify projects which will fulfil corporate goal.
Considering future road map, the NRP envisages identification of various traffic originating and terminating points including upcoming power plants, new coal mines, ports, industrial hubs, smart cities etc.
Accordingly, Nagpur region, which has several coal and mineral mines and power plants, is being mulled to provide alternative routes parallel to congested routes.
"This will be done by way of laying new lines to connect infrastructure-deficient areas including naxal-affected territories like Gadchiroli. Work on third line between Itarsi-Ballarshah and also fourth line between Nagpur-Wardha under Central Railway is already in progress," they said.They added that the third line is also being laid between Nagpur-Bilaspur. Doubling between Nagpur-Kalamna also holds key. A third line is also proposed from Wardha to Jalgaon next year. Conversion of narrow gauge between Nagpur-Nagbhid and Chhindwara will boost railway network.
"Nagpur has huge potential and almost 80% of its freight earnings come from coal and cement. Of the 2,700 crore revenue, Rs1,800 crore is from coal and cement. These lines will be added for future provision of new dedicated freight corridors (DFCs)," they added.
The NRP also proposes integrated planning for developing high speed rail network from Nagpur to cities like Delhi, Chennai, Patna, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Bengaluru. Russian Railways team last week inspected Nagpur-Secunderabad route for increasing speed of trains to 160 kmph
Pradeep Khandelwal, former president of Butibori Manufacturers Association, says, "Augmenting railway network will change economic face of Nagpur in the long run. It will create synergy for achieving seamless multi-modal transportation network across the country."
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