ADMITTING to the delay in getting the Pune Metro rail project on track, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday assured that the work on the project would begin this year itself as all the necessary administrative process had been completed for the same. Fadnavis has also directed the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to prepare a new development plan for the city, which is rapidly expanding.
“The Pune Metro rail project had been delayed due to various reasons. The issues related to the metro rail have been resolved and the proposal has been sent to the Central Government, which would now be taking it up in the Public Investment Board (PIB) meeting in June. After this, it would be sent to the state to float tenders,” said Fadnavis.
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The foundation stone-laying function can be held anytime after the clearance by the PIB, he said, adding, the Metro rail for the city would be fast-tracked as the plan for the two routes of Pune Metro rail suggested by the DMRC has been cleared. The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), he said, would take up the work for the route from Hinjewadi to Shjivajinagar.
“The detailed project report (DPR) of the Metro rail taken up by the PMRDA would be finalised by July and be approved immediately for implementation,” he said, adding, the tenders for the same would be floated this year itself.
The administrative process on the proposed High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) from the metropolitan region would also be speeded up, Fadnavis said. The state government, he said, has also given permission to allow 2.5 FSI construction for land owned by the PMPML.
On the funding of Rs 2,000 crore sought by the PMC for the implementation of uninterrupted water supply in the city, he said, the state would take up the proposal and initiate appropriate steps. The CM said he has urged the Shiv Sena legislator, protesting against the PMC project of laying water pipeline to draw water from Bhama Askhed dam to city, to enable the civic body to restart the stalled work while assuring to resolve the concerns of the villagers.
Fadnavis said the project of river restoration and beautification have also been considered by the state government and several departments have a role to play in it.
However, Mayor Prashant Jagtap said he was not completely satisfied with the outcome of the meeting called by the chief minister on the issues related to PMC but is hopeful that the assurance would be fulfilled.
MNS leader Rajendra Wagaskar said the chief minister has disappointed people by not taking any major decision to resolve the issues pending with the state government. “There has been no important development that has taken place in the meeting that would benefit the city,” he added.
Earlier, the Shiv Sena and MNS leaders carried placards in the meeting chaired by chief minister to register their protest. They held the placards that read “justice to Nagpur city but injustice to Pune city as the major projects put on hold”.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said he has asked the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to prepare a new development plan for the city. Since PCMC’s development plan has become old, I have asked the administration to prepare a new one,” he said.
On the issue of Red Zone, Fadnavis said a meeting has been scheduled on Sunday with the Defence Minister in Pune where they would try to resolve some of the concerns.
Regarding the Sewage Treatment Plants in PCMC areas, he said, he had received complaints that they were not being utilised to optimum capacity and therefore, untreated sewage was being released into the river.
“I have asked the PCMC administration to ensure that they do something about it,” he said.