Pune: Going ahead with the proposed ‘Multimodal Integration’ plan, Maha-Metro is set to integrate all forms of public transport — Indian Railways, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) — with Metro stations.
“The main objective of Multimodal Integration is to provide ease and comfort of travel to commuters. We are aiming to connect our Metro stations with public transport to achieve a seamless travel experience for the commuters…,” said Brijesh Dixit, managing director of Maha-Metro.
The first integration is planned at Bhosari Metro station, which will be linked with Kasarvadi railway station and BRTS stand in the area, he said, adding that there are plans to connect Sant Tukaram Metro station with the MSRTC terminus and Khadki Metro station with the Khadki railway station and a proposed BRTS station.
The Shivajinagar Metro rail station will be connected with MSRTC and PMPML bus facilities and, via a Foot-overbridge, it will be linked to the Shivajinagar railway station. Arrangements would be made to connect Pune railway station with the Metro station and PMPML bus stand, Dixit said, adding that on Nagar Road, the Metro rail station would be integrated with BRTS stations.
The underground Metro station at Swargate would be connected to the MSRTC bus terminus and the PMPML bus stop, he informed. On the ongoing Pune Metro work, Dixit said the work was going “very well” as they had been able to get possession of 16 acres of the 32-acre government land for the project. Land from agriculture college has been approved for the Range Hill Metro depot, while land belonging to the food grain godown has been acquired for constructing the Civil Court station.
“We are hopeful about getting the remaining land that has been sought for the project,” Dixit said, adding that work on the Metro route, alongside Mutha river, will also would also start soon as the Supreme Court has not stopped them for going ahead it. “We have started the process to set up a Metro route alongside Mutha river. The Maha-Metro would implement remedial measures, which will be recommended by the expert committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal on the impact of Metro construction on the route,” he added.
The work on extension of routes, as per public demand, would be undertaken after work on the approved phases is completed, Dixit said. “A Detailed Project Report would be prepared for the new routes,” he said.
Maha-Metro is going to sign an agreement with the funding agency by March next year, Dixit said, adding that there was no need to procure funds from a private agency immediately, as the Union and state governments had sanctioned the amount for the purpose.The Maha-Metro is also in the process of preparing an Environment Impact Assessment for the entire project, he said.