The 16.59-km-long corridor one of Pune Metro,from Swargate to Pimpri-Chinchwad,will have left and right alignment from Shivajinagar to Pimpri. In Pimpri-Chinchwad,it is not likely to create major displacement,but if there is land aquisition,there could be dislocation.
From Swargate to Shivajinagar,the Metro will be an underground while from Shivajinagar to Pimpri,it has been planned as an elevated one. In PCMC jurisdiction,there will be six metro stations,two on the right side and four on the left side, said Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi.
From Pimpri side,the first station will in close vicinity of PCMC headquarters in Pimpri. The second station will be near the state transport bus stand at Vallabhnagar. From Vallabhnagar,the Metro route will shift to right side of the Pune-Mumbai highway. The third metro station will be at Nashik Phata, he said. The other three Metro stations will be near Forbes Marshall company,Phugewadi and Dapodi.
Pardeshi said the left and right alignment is in keeping with the availability of land and commuter convenience. Vallabhnagar station will benefit the MSRTC passengers, he said. Pardeshi said land acquisition near Forbes Marshall looks certain. There will be land acquisiton and displacements to smaller degree,but not a major in Pimpri-Chinchwad, he said.
However,experts said Metro project faces land paucity on the entire stretch of Pune-Mumbai Highway,including at Khadki railway station,Harris bridge and Nashik Phata chowk.DMRC has stated in its report that normal via duct structure is about 10-metre wide. For reasons of safety and working space along the via duct,5 metre clear space is necessary on either side. A total of 20-metre wide (66 feet) space on ground is required for metro along the entire corridor. Sufficient land may not be available between Pune-Mumbai highway (NH-4) and railway line of the Central Railways for metro alignment from Shivajinagar to Pimpri, said Prashant Inamdar of Pedestrians First,an NGO.
The alignment along the highway,experts said,would be quite problematic as 9 metre of road width in central portion will get blocked during construction,drastically reducing carriageway width of the highway.
This will cause traffic congestion on the highway. Situation will become very critical where road width is less especially in Khadki railway station. Condition for pedestrians will be worst, Inamdar said. Besides,he said Metro station width is 35 metre and sufficient space may not be available on the road. At Nashik Phata,Pardeshi has already said the Metro will run parallel to the double-decker flyover. As for the Harris bridge,he said the Metros pillars will be erected in the river itself.