With civic elections coming up in early 2017, small and big-ticket projects in Pune are suddenly getting a much required push these days…
Yesterday, the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) chaired by Maharashtra’s Chief Minister approved the Detailed Project Report for the city’s 23.33 km Line-3 connecting Hinjewadi with Shivaji Nagar via 23 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 7947 crore. The entirely elevated line’s DPR was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation which submitted its report to the PMRDA in July 2016 after being tasked to do so in November 2015.
PMRDA approves DPR for Hinjewadi-Shivaji Nagar Metro(23.33km,23stations & cost of ₹7947 crore);CM @Dev_Fadnavis asks to move ahead speedily.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) December 28, 2016
Line 3 stations – Megapolis Circle, Quadran, Dohler, Infosys Phase II, Wipro Phase II, Pall India, Shivaji Chowk, Hinjewadi, Wakad Chowk, Balewadi Stadium, NICMAR, Ram Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Balewadi Phata, Baner Gaon, Baner, Krushi Anusadhan, Sakal Nagar, University, R.B.I., Agriculture College and Shivaji Nagar (interchange with Line-1)
Interestingly the above map (sourced from Pune Metro’s website) shows the line extending onward to Line-2’s Civil Court Station. The section between Shivaji Nagar and Civil Court is not in the DPR, but this does give an indication of where the line will be extended to in the future.
The line will pass through both Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) territories and end up at the city’s information technology hub of Hinjewadi which, like other IT parks around the country, is plagued by severe traffic congestion. On the administrative side, it’ll be implemented in Phase 2 and now has a couple more hoops to jump through, including the Maharashtra cabinet’s approval as well as the union government cabinet’s approval. As witnessed in Phase 1 and elsewhere around the country, both of these approvals can take anywhere from 2-5 years to receive.
For more updates, check out the Pune section of The Metro Rail Guy!