Pune Metro’s Wagholi & Chandni Chowk Extensions Approved by Maharashtra Govt

Maharashtra Government’s cabinet on Monday approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for two elevated extensions of Pune Metro’s 14.665 km Line-2 (Aqua Line) from Vanaz to Chandni Chowk and from Ramwadi to Wagholi.

This development comes just 5 days after the final 5.94 km section of the Aqua Line connecting Ruby Clinic Hall – Ramwadi was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Both extensions totaling 12.48 km are a part of the 82.50 km Pune Metro Phase 2 project, which is strangely being developed on a line-by-line basis. Their development (land acquisition & construction) has been estimated to cost Rs. 3756.58 crore.

The Aqua Line’s western extension (Line-2A) from Vanaz to Chandni Chowk will be 1.12 km long and consist of two new stations named Kothrud Bus Depot Station and Chandni Chowk Station.

The Aqua Line’s eastern extension (Line-2B) from Ramwadi to Wagholi will be 11.36 km long and consist of 11 stations named Viman Nagar Station, Somnath Nagar Station, Kharadi Bypass Station, Tulaja Bhavani Station, Ubale Nagar Station, Upper Kharadi Road Station, Wagheshwar Temple Station, Wagholi Station, Siddharth Nagar Station, Bakori Phata Station, and Vitthalwadi Station.

Route map of Aqua Line’s extensions – shared by MahaMetro on X (view large)

The DPR will now be sent to the Central Government for its review, feedback and approval which I reckon would happen no sooner than mid-2025 looking at the approval timelines around the country and how the recent approval for Pune Metro Phase 1 Extension project to Nigdi played out. That 4.5 km section was approved by Maharashtra’s government in February 2021 and received approval from the Central Government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in October 2023.

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16 Responses to "Pune Metro’s Wagholi & Chandni Chowk Extensions Approved by Maharashtra Govt"

  1. Akshay says:

    This is really poor planning. Also, the extension does not cover any of the major residential areas of Kharadi (large number of offices), Keshav Nargar, Hadapsar, Fatima Nagar, Wanowrie and Kondhwa. Also, this line is running parallel on Pune – Ahmednagar road where a flyover is prosposed. Guess, they will build the flyover first and then demolish it to build the metro in the future. Pune is a prime example of urban planning failure at its finest.

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    • Ranjit says:

      Flyover will be double decker like they did at nal stop, Nagpur and under development one at University Circle.
      Its high time such proposals take some speed, else their children will have to build it!

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    • Pratham says:

      They have covered those areas you’ve mentioned in another line, Line-5 which will have interchange with this line, although the status of approval is still not known

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    • Sachin says:

      Well said bro

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  2. Niku says:

    When you have 3 Chief Ministers in a state, you should expect efficient planning like this one. Pune which had the potential to become an important metropolis (like Blore / Hyd) has been left chewing its own tail. It’s not just Metro… look at the new airport situation (15 years of planning and counting), the failed suburbs, abysmal city bus connectivity, general cleanliness… The list of incompetence is endless. I just came back from a Karnataka trip and Maharastra feels like it’s stuck in the 80s.

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    • Ani says:

      Absolutely right. Due to incompetent and poor planning puts pune into big village and cannot be a metro/prime city in coming future. Long delays in most of the projects n metro has been so frustrating to all punekars.. its unending list talk about the issues n problem in this big village..

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  3. Asim says:

    They have to cover larg area under Metro.
    Still they have no plan for Katraj pisoli undri hadapsar areas in which public require more transport arrangements then wagholi.

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  4. Sachin Shinde says:

    Viman Nagar and Somnath Nagar are very close stops, instead they should give a stop near Chandan Nagar or Tata Guard Room. This will be equi distant stops and more convinent for a large chunk of population.

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    • Ani says:

      It’s absolutely right but again what to say on such master piece planning by metro..

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    • Suraj Patil says:

      Absolutely, Tata Gurdroom has connectivity to Kharadi Gaothan as well as interior like Somanath Nagar, Sainath Nagar and Anand Nagar through PMPML.

      Also large population of PGs use Tata Guardroom as start of journey

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  5. Avadh says:

    It is a great decision, in future this line has potential to extend till Ranjangaon which will reduce load of traffic, save money and time but also environment. Another side, Alandi phata can be an interchange to extend the same line towards Alandi, Moshi, Chakan & touch hinjewadi via tathawade. 2nd line can be extended to keshnand, wadewolai, theur and Solapur highway / Purandar International Airport.
    Second end of Chandni Chowk can be interchange of towards khadakwasla and another one Pirangut and it can touch hinjewadi.
    From Ubale Nagar, it can be extended to upper kharadi, kharadi and keshav Nagar, mundwa and magarpatta and connect with Hadadsar.

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  6. Suresh Ithape says:

    If you see in the morning Navale bridge is too much crowded from both sides.I firmly suggest there should be metro from Katraj to Hinjewadi via Navale bridge.

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  7. Mathew Peter Braganza says:

    I feel they should go for underground because first only lots of traffic problem so I prefer to go for underground metro railway system
    Otherwise I will be commotion everywhere

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  8. Sujeet says:

    Very good plan… Only station names doesn’t look like metro city. Need to improvise or work upon station nomenclature. Also, Ivy estate should be added next to wagholi as more than 250000 residents lives here on a single lane societies.

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  9. Sujeet says:

    Very good plan… Only station names doesn’t look like metro city. Need to improvise or work upon station nomenclature. Also, Ivy estate should be added next to wagholi as more than 25000 residents lives here on a single lane societies.

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  10. Shubham naidu says:

    Instead of making somnath nagar a station they should make tata guard room a station because the crowd of people is more of tatagaurd room then somnath nagar

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