Construction of Pune Metro to Begin in May

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Pune April 11: The physical work of Pune Metro is expected to commence from the month of May assured Ramnath Subramaniam, executive officer, Strategic Planning for MAHA Metro Pune. He was speaking at the Pune Metro Samvaad session organised by MAHA Metro in the city.

Pune Metro Samvaad is an initiative taken by the Pune Metro rail project to encourage a dialogue between the representatives of Pune metro and the citizens. The session was attended by several citizens curious to know about the progress of the Metro project and how it will affect their daily lives. A comprehensive presentation about the project was delivered by Subramaniam and it was followed by a question- answer session between citizens and the panel experts. The experts included Shashikant Limaye, advisory committee member, MAHA Metro Pune and Vivek Gadgil, Former MD, Hyderabad Metro.

“The topographical and geo-technical surveys for the corridors are 90% complete and the tendering process is also being conducted with significant speed. In the month of May, the work on the corridor one that is between PCMC to Swargate will begin,” explained Subramaniam. He further said that the work on the corridor two which to be constructed between Vanaz to Ramwadi is expected to begin in July.

Citizens expressed their concerns about the traffic situation on Karve Road that has the maximum vehicular traffic in the city. While explaining the nuances of the construction and planning of the project, Limaye said that the project will not affect any private land, shop owners or institutions. “To construct the pillars of the elevated metro, we will require only 9 meters of the road. Remaining road will be available for commute. We will also make sure that the work on such a busy road will be completed in phases to avoid traffic congestion. We will involve traffic police and local authorities to help us,” he said. He also said that the parking available on both sides of Karve Road will have to be moved and that is where the most support from the citizens is expected. He also no assured that almost 0% private land is required to be acquired for the project.

The Pune Metro Project, which was inaugurated on December 24 has two main corridors.  Corridor one is the route between Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate that is the distance of 16 km. It will also have total 16 stations on the route, making it a station at per km. The second corridor is between Vanaz to Ramwadi is also 16km. The total budget of the project is estimated to be Rs 11, 420 Crore and it is expected to complete by the year 2021. Also, 65% of the electricity required for project is proposed to be covered through solar energy.