India : Nashik Metro Neo Project

Sovereign Project | 55354-001

Metro neo at Nashik is likely to be the first in India. It is designed to cater to the needs of smaller cities and costs much less than heavy metro rail systems, prevalent in many cities in India. The project will comprise a mass transit system along two corridors to provide comfortable, safe, reliable, and fast connectivity between important activity centers and transit hubs; and meet the rising transport demand in the city. The metro neo will have articulated or standard electric coaches with rubber tires and an overhead traction system, and will run on an entirely elevated corridor with a curb guidance system. These electric coaches will also be capable of running on the proposed feeder routes using built-in batteries, which will allow them to run without overhead traction for about 20 km. The batteries will be charged while the trains are operating with overhead traction, and will eliminate any need for separate charging stations.

Project Details

Project Name Nashik Metro Neo Project
Project Number 55354-001
Country / Economy India
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Nashik Metro Neo Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 161.00 million
TA: Nashik Metro Neo Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Urban public transport

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

Metro neo at Nashik is likely to be the first in India. It is designed to cater to the needs of smaller cities and costs much less than heavy metro rail systems, prevalent in many cities in India. The project will comprise a mass transit system along two corridors to provide comfortable, safe, reliable, and fast connectivity between important activity centers and transit hubs; and meet the rising transport demand in the city. The metro neo will have articulated or standard electric coaches with rubber tires and an overhead traction system, and will run on an entirely elevated corridor with a curb guidance system. These electric coaches will also be capable of running on the proposed feeder routes using built-in batteries, which will allow them to run without overhead traction for about 20 km. The batteries will be charged while the trains are operating with overhead traction, and will eliminate any need for separate charging stations.

The detailed project report has already been prepared. Topographical and geotechnical surveys for both corridors, and preliminary designs have been done for all stations. Maha Metro has also constructed a life-size prototype of the metro neo at Nagpur, which is about 100 meters long, on an elevated alignment, and has one station. A prototype rolling stock has also been placed adjacent to the station. The prototype will give adequate design input for preparing the detailed design of the project for civil structures, rolling stock, signaling system, station design, as well as intermodal integration at stations. Approved by Government of Maharashtra and recommended by the Public Investment Board for approval by the national government

the detailed design and award of contracts will commence after final approval, which is still being awaited. In addition to the resources being organized, project preparation can tap, as needed, into the resources of the transaction TA facility Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Transport Infrastructure Projects.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The National Urban Transport Policy 2006 of the national government promotes public transport to achieve safe, affordable, quick, comfortable, reliable, and sustainable access for the growing number of city residents to jobs, education, recreation, and such other needs within the cities. Rail-based urban mass transit has been chosen to provide such services in many cities in India, and the expectation is that this would also help alleviate air pollution, mitigate climate change, and make cities more climate-resilient through modern systems designs. The national government's Metro Rail Policy (2017) also stresses on the sustainability of urban rail systems. Metro rail systems, which have higher capacity and cost, have been the norm in larger cities. However, the national government has recently formulated specifications for lighter urban transport systems which have much lesser capital outlay, can meet the transport requirements of smaller cities, and have design features which further enhance operational sustainability. Metro neo is the most recent urban rail system, which has been designed to cater to the needs of medium and smaller cities.
Impact

Livability of Nashik improved.

Outcome

Accessibility, inclusiveness, and efficiency of public transport in Nashik improved.

Outputs

New metro corridors completed

Measures for sustainability of metro neo operations established

Institutional capacity for metro neo construction and operation enhanced

Geographical Location Nashik
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Adverse impacts, if any, are expected to be site-specific, few, and in most cases mitigation measures can be designed more readily than for category A projects. An initial environmental examination is required.
Involuntary Resettlement The project has the potential for involuntary resettlement that is not deemed significant. Private land will not be required for the metro neo elevated track as the proposed design and alignment utilizes the median of existing roads. For three proposed depots, the Nashik Municipal Corporation will hand over around 17 acres of land to Maha Metro. Due diligence will assess the depot lands for legacy issues and encumbrance, if any. For 30 proposed elevated stations, entries and exits will use existing sidewalks, which may need to be temporarily or permanently cleared of commercial kiosks. Maha Metro will assess the associated impacts and address these in line with central, state, and sector policies and the ADB SPS.
Indigenous Peoples Available detailed project reports indicates that there are no communities along the proposed project alignment that may be considered as indigenous people under the SPS.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultant recruitment will be carried out under ADB's Procurement Policy and Regulations (2017).
Procurement All procurement activities shall be undertaken in conformity with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time), and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Ramamurthy, Arun
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 May 2022
Fact Finding 19 Jun 2023 to 30 Jun 2023
MRM 07 Aug 2023
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Dec 2023

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Title Document Type Document Date
Nashik Metro Neo Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Apr 2022

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