The estimated cost of the Pune Metro rail project has shot up by Rs 653 crore, as per a revised proposal submitted to the civic body by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday.
This is the fourth revision undertaken following protests from different citizen groups against the alignment of the Metro lines. The latest revision puts the entire project cost at Rs 11,522 crore, a 45 per cent hike from Rs 7,984 crore, the cost proposed in 2009.
Due to the opposition from citizens regarding the line passing through the Jangli Maharaj road, the Centre had directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to submit a revised proposal with the necessary changes in the route alongwith the revised cost. Accordingly, the DMRC revised the proposal and submitted it to the civic body.
“We have received the revised Metro rail proposal from the DMRC and would be submitting it to state government on Monday so that it would be forwarded to the Centre as early as possible. Since, the issues have been resolved, the focus will be on getting it cleared from the Centre within next two months,” said municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar.
Going by the estimate in 2009, the delay in implementation of the Pune Metro rail has increased cost by 45 per cent from Rs 7,984 crore in 2009 to Rs 11,522 crore in 2015. Initially, the delay was due to lack in political consensus on its planning and later, citizen groups protested against the plan forcing the PMC to revise it.
As per the estimate made in August last year, the total project cost for the two corridors was Rs 10,869 crore and the present revision has put the amount to Rs 11,522 crore, Kumar said. This revision of project cost would be applicable for next six months, he said. As per the revised proposal, corridor 2 from Vanaz to Ramwadi have slight changes with the Metro rail going along the Mutha river as against the Jangli Maharaj Road.
“The earlier route length was 14.925 km and now it would be 14.665 km which is 260 metre less. The first corridor from PCMC to Swargate would remain same with length of 11.57 km,” he said.
The metro rail work on the corridor is expected to complete latest by 2021.
The project cost will be shared as per the earlier decision with 20 per cent each from the state and union governments, 10 per cent from the local civic body and the rest 50 per cent through other means such as loans.