Building Metro’s Corridor II to be a daunting task

The elevated rail line will face hurdles in the form of narrow roads and high-rise buildings

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published:October 4, 2013 1:09 am

While the Rs 10,183-crore Pune Metro project awaits Centre’s nod,it has emerged that the construction of Corridor Two is going to be tougher than Corridor One. Corridor Two covers the 14.92-km-long stretch from Vanaz to Ramwadi and the rail track will be completely elevated. Corridor One,cleared by the state government on Monday,will cover the 16-km distance from Swargate to Pimpri. It be partly underground and partly elevated.

Also the Corridor Two rail line will pass through fully-developed and congested area of the old city. The construction of pillars and stations on the 9.5-km-long stretch from Paud Road Junction to Ruby Hall Clinic will face hurdles as it will pass through narrow roads and junctions,highrise buildings,river and a railway station. The DMRC report says that the pillars need at least 9 metre of space and stations will have to be 35 metre wide and 70 metre long.

Corridor Two starts at the old garbage depot in Vanaz. The problems also begin from there,experts said. The old garbage depot where the Metro station is set to come up is also the place for PMC’s Shivaji memorial. Civic officials said PMC will find it hard to convince the Shiv Sainiks to give up the claims for the memorial.

The next challenge is at Paud Junction. The junction is hardly 14-15 metre wide. A Metro station has been planned at the junction but there is little scope for road-widening. Karve Road is the main arterial link for the still growing suburbs of Kothrud,Karvenagar,Warje,Paud Road area and beyond.

The road is highly congested with traffic flow far exceeding road capacity. There is a also a long-pending proposal for a flyover at the Nal stop junction,extending almost up to Garware college.

“Reduced road width after construction of metro columns and stations will further aggravate traffic woes,” said Prashant Inamdar of Pedestrians First. A Metro station has been planned near Patleshwar caves,which is a grade-I structure. The norm of “no construction” within 100 metres of the structure is in place. Civic officials said it would be tough to bend the rules.

Another challenge will be the Pune railway station,over which the Metro line will be laid. “The metro pillars have apparently been planned on the station tracks. Besides,a metro station has been planned in the area. Getting permission from the Railways will be tough task,” said Inamdar. On Jangli Maharaj Road,massive trees will have to be chopped. In Deccan,some highrise buildings will have make to way for Metro track. “On the Nagar Road,there would be hardly any problem for the metro route,” said officials.

Shashikant Limaye,PMC Officer On Special Duty,Pune Metro,said,DMRC carried out traffic survey and alignment feasibility study. “Now,PMC will set up a Special Purpose Vehicle,which will appoint a consultant for the final location survey. A lot of changes have taken place after the DMRC gave its report. We will consider the locations of the flyovers to decide route alignment,” he said.

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