In recent years, the IT hub of Maharashtra, Pune has been facing a surge in population of youngsters from all over the state. The infrastructure, however, has been unable to bear this influx. To tackle the public transportation question, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) has decided to commence the work on the Metro Project in the city in next 10-15 days.
The tender had been offered to Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) who is also working for the Nagpur Metro Project. Initially, the rail track will be of a 10.75-km stretch and will be lain between the Pimpri- Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) building and Range Hills. In order to regulate the traffic flow and avoid taking a major toll on citizens' convenience, the MAHA-METRO has been given a deadline of 28 months to complete work on the PCMC-Range Hills stretch, with an estimated cost of Rs 499 crore.
On this project the managing director of MAHA-METRO Brijesh Dixit told Pune Mirror,
Work will begin within 15 days. Right now, we have handed over the geotechnical data to the company, which will cross-verify the data and start work. There will have to be a change in traffic composition as most of the work will be undertaken on the dividers of main roads, beginning with Dr Ambedkar Chowk, near to PCMC main building.
To start off with the work, MAHA-METRO has chosen this stretch as it is the safest one, with no major hurdles of land acquisition or any other issues. The Metro route will be from PCMC through Tukaram Nagar, Bhosari (Nashik Phata), Kasarwadi, Phugewadi, Dapodi, Bopodi and Khadki, to Range Hills. Another official from MAHA-METRO shared,
First, they will be constructing pillars on a two-kilometre stretch on the main road of the metro route. We are not going to cut down any trees right now. According to our calculation, there will be 150 trees along the route, and we have decided to plants trees on a 1:10 ratio. This means that for every tree felled, we will plant 10 more. We have got two places for the plantation of tress — Wagholi and Panchgaon-Parvati Hills. In June, we will begin plantation on this piece of land. The number of trees to be planted will be 1,500.
On the visit of Prime Minister in December 24 2016, Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Pune Metro rail project. According to the plan of action, the first phase of the project will cover a distance of 31.25 km over two corridors, with one dedicated maintenance depot for each. The routes will be of underground and elevated sections, one running from PCMC to Swargate, covering 16.6 km with 15 stations. The second route will be completely elevated, from the Vanaz Engineers office at Paud Road to Ramwadi in Wadgaon Sheri, covering 14.7 km with 16 stations. The deadline of the project is 2021 and the so far estimated cost of the entire project is Rs 11,420 crore.
Information source: punemirror