With no success despite making reforms in the existing public bus transport system,all eyes are set on the day the proposed metro rail project approval of which is pending with the union government would kickstart in the city. With all other cities going ahead with the implementation of the Metro rail project,Pune city,which has emerged as an IT hub and is competing for more industrial and economical investment,is suffering because of the poor connectivity in public transport system.
The project,which promises to transform the public transport system with Metro rail,instead of getting a nod,is likely to go off track due to lack of political consensus. The Pune Municipal Corporation had passed the detailed project report of Pune Metro rail prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. It comprised elevated,underground and on-ground corridors depending on geographical conditions.
However,the Shiv Sena,going with the demand of citizens group,pressed for underground Metro rail across the city. The citizens and experts group formed Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan to press for their demands,but they fell on deaf ears when the proposal was passed by the PMC general body.
Now when the state government has forwarded the proposal to the Union government,the NCP,which rules the civic body,realised that underground metro rail was the only option for the city. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said,The city will only have underground Metro rail.
On the other hand,the Congress has been insisting that the project be implemented according to the DMRC report.
The Metro rail project is on the verge of getting a nod form the Union government. It will be as per the DPR prepared by DMRC, said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. After unsuccessful attempts in the past,the NCP along with Shiv Sena passed a resolution for an underground Metro in the city despite opposition from the Congress and BJP. Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak said,I will take a decision on forwarding the resolution to state government only after consulting with an expert.