Moving a step forward in implementing the much-delayed Metro rail project in the city, the Union government has directed the state government to once again submit its proposal by November 15 with revised cost estimates “so that it could be cleared immediately by the Centre.”
Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis had a meeting with Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on various issues of the state in New Delhi on Wednesday. “The Union minister urged the CM to submit the revised Metro rail proposal by November 15 along with revised cost estimates so that it could be finalised and submitted to the union government for final approval,” said Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, state’s urban development department.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is preparing the revised proposal for Pune Metro, Kareer, said, adding it is in the last stage of finalisation and the state government would submit it soon.
City’s Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade said the revised proposal would include realigning the Vanaz-Yerawada route via Mutha riverside from RTO office to Deccan instead of earlier proposed route via Jangli Maharaj Road.
The Metro project for the city has been delayed for years due to lack of consensus on the proposed route. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently convened a meeting of all stakeholders and directed them to prepare the proposal with minor realignment of route.
The state government had earlier approved the detailed project report (DPR) for two proposed corridors, 16.59-km-long Chinchwad to Swargate and 14.925-km-long Vanaz to Ramwadi. The Union government had given its in-principle approval for the same last year.
However, opposition from citizen groups and political parties to the elevated rail for Vanaz to Ramwadi route led to reconsideration of the proposal to make it underground.
A committee formed for the purpose had suggested that the realignment of the route be done as underground Metro rail was not feasible.