Neo Metro Proposed In Pune On 44 KM Circular Route, MahaMetro Prepares DPR

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Pune, 25th September 2022: The MahaMetro has submitted its detailed project report (DPR) after deciding to have Neo Metro on the High-Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) in Pune. It will be able to run the elevated Neo Metro on a circular route of 43.84 kilometres in the city which includes 45 stations.

The project could be completed in 2028-29 if it starts in December 2023 as planned. It will cost Rs 4,940 crores. This DPR of the ‘HCMTR’ route has been submitted by MahaMetro to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The PMC finalised the ‘HCMTR’ project in its 1987 development plan. It was claimed that this route would smoothen the traffic. In 2017 four lanes on the ‘HCMTR’ route were proposed for private vehicles as well as BRT. But when the tenders were invited, the cost of the project was expected to be Rs 7,500 crores and the project was cancelled due to tenders beyond Rs 12,000 crores. Then, to provide better public service at a lower cost, the option of doing ‘Neo Metro’ on the route of ‘HCMTR’ came up. MahaMetro was given the task of preparing the DPR for the same. MahaMetro submitted the DPR of metro lines in Phase II to the PMC in August. So recently the DPR of Neo-Metro was presented.

The 43.84 km stretch of the Neo Metro will start from Bopodi. Ambedkar Chowk station will be the first station, followed by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Senapati Bapat Road, Paudphata, Alankar Police Station, Siddhi Garden, Senadutt Police chowky, Sanas Playground, Laxmi Narayan Chowk, City Pride, Market Yard, Gangadham Chowk, Bibvewadi, Lullanagar, Jambhulkar Chowk, Fatima Nagar, Ghorpadi, Pingle Basti, Wadgaon Sheri, Viman Nagar, Airport, Vishrantwadi. This includes 45 stations. Efforts are being made to take the Neo Metro through densely populated areas and make it more and more accessible to citizens. Also, the real HCMTR route is 36 kilometres but officials said the new route has gone up to 43.84 kilometres, as part of Khadki Cantonment was added while preparing this DPR.

The metro project costs at least Rs 250 crore for a kilometre. But the cost of the Neo Metro is relatively low. Therefore, this project is financially viable. Also, the Neo Metro requires less space. It will cost Rs 112 crore per kilometre as Pune city will have a metro of 43.84 kilometres. Meanwhile, the project is expected to cost Rs 3,867 crores. But the DPR states that the total cost of the project will be Rs 4940 crores taking into account the fact that inflation will increase by five per cent per annum while the project will be in progress and the interest on it.

The number of daily passengers will increase up to:

2.75 lakhs In 2028

4.71 lakhs In 2038

6.50 lakhs In 2048

7.83 lakhs In 2058

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