ZEE 24 Taas, a local Marathi channel reports that geotechnical soil investigation work has resumed for Pune Metro’s Line-3, which’ll connect Hinjawadi – Civil Court, after being suspended for a month and a half due to the nationwide COVID-19 related lockdown.
Nicknamed Puneri Metro, Pune’s new 23.3 km Line-3 (view route map) will comprise of 23 elevated stations, one depot at Maan Village near Hinjawadi IT Park, and allow users to switch lines at Civil Court to the 31.254 km Phase 1 project’s Line-1 (PCMC – Swargate) and Line-2 (Vanaz – Ramwadi).
Soiltech India Pvt. Ltd. is the geotechnical investigation contractor assigned for Line-3.
Puneri Metro is being developed on the public-private partnership (PPP) model on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis with a budget of Rs 8,100 crore.
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) issued a Letter of Award (LoA) to TRIL Urban Transport Private Limited and Siemens Project Ventures GmbH (TRIL UTPL + SPVG) on October 3, 2018. The consortium went on to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) company called Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited on March 14, 2019 to execute the line.
In September 2019, PMRDA a signed a 35-year concession agreement with Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited to develop the line with a deadline of March 2023.
Geotechnical soil investigation work along the line’s alignment has been underway since at least June 2019. Here’s a snap shared by a follower –
And here’s a video shot by a local vlogger in January 2020 showing multiple sites setup at Sakal Nagar on Baner Road (3:00), Wipro’s office (3:50), Infosys’ office (4:23), near Embassy Quadron Business Park (4:45), and the roundabout near TCS’ Sahyadri Park campus (5:30).
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