It seems that the demand set by the Punekars on extending the metro route is turning into reality. Talking on this in detail, Brijesh Dixit, managing director of Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro), said, “all efforts are being made to extend the metro up to Nigdi. We are in the process of taking up the matter with the state and central governments. And we are hopeful of getting the nod for extension of the Pimpri-Swargate route up to Nigdi in the first phase itself."
Citizens and activists on Saturday under the banner of Connecting NGOs had formed a human chain at Vallabhnagar chowk to demand extension of Pune Metro from Pimpri to Nigdi.
On this, Dixit said,
"They were aware of the demand to extend Pune Metro up to Nigdi. I don’t see it will be difficult for us to get an extension up to Nigdi… We would shortly be submitting a detailed report to the state and central governments, explaining the need to extend the Pune metro till Nigdi."
Empathising with the people, BRTS spokesperson Vijay Bhojne said,
"As per their information, the Pune Metro has been sanctioned by the Central government up to Nigdi in the second phase. The demand is for getting it in first phase work for which has already started."
"However, said work on the second phase will not start after the completion of the first phase in 2021 as is being believed. In fact, the second phase will start in two years itself. We are confident of completing the first phase work from Pimpri side in two years’ time."
Talking more on the development, advocate-activist Sushil Mancharkar said,
"In the first place, whoever planned Pune Metro up to Pimpri and Nigdi did not at all understand Pimpri-Chinchwad… And we also hear that it will be elevated in PCMC limits. This is certainly going to create chaotic condition. We hope the officials will realise that this too is a mistake and that they should go for underground metro."
The work has already been started from Pimpri-Chinchwad. A metro station is being planned in the Vallabhanggar-Sant Tukaram area and the officials said the elevated metro stretch from Pimpri to Dapodi will run over the road divider between BRTS lane and grade separator.
Sharing the challenges faced by the metro project, Dixit said,
"As regards the Nashik Phata flyover, said to be one of the biggest challenges for Pune Metro. This has been sorted out as the Metro will move from close to Kasarwadi railway station and between the top flyover and the second one. Besides the flyover problem, PCMC is already in the process of constructing a ramp close to the the Kasarwadi railway station."
Information source: indianexpress
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