Just 15 more days the Pune Metro rail project will be on track, beginning with a 10.75-km stretch between the Pimpri- Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) building and Range Hills.
Work will begin in 15 days on a 10-km stretch from PCMC building to Range Hills, costs running into Rs 499 crore
The Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) bagged the tender to work on this stretch on Friday, pipping seven other companies. NCC is also working on the Nagpur Metro project. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) has given a deadline of 28 months to complete work on the PCMC-Range Hills stretch, with an estimated cost of Rs 499 crore. The MAHA-METRO officials are now working on the changes in traffic flow to accommodate the Metro project.
MAHA-METRO managing director Brijesh Dixit told, “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.”
MAHA-METRO has chosen this stretch to kick-start the project as it is the safest, 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, with a depot there.
In the pre-bidding for Pune Metro, there were a total of eight interested bidders — Afcon Infrastructure Ltd, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, TATA Projects, NCC Ltd, Simplex Infrastructures Ltd, J Kumar Infra projects Ltd, Valecha Engineers Ltd and ITP Cementation India Ltd.
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 December 24, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Pune Metro rail project in city 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 amix 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 estimated cost of the entire project is Rs 11,420 crore. And its deadline is 2021.