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Pune: First Metro to run between Pimpri and Phugewadi early next year

Officials said 65 per cent of work on Pune Metro has been completed, adding priority sections will be operational for passengers soon.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: November 5, 2021 11:29:15 am
Pune metro, Pune news, Pune latest news, Pune real estate sector, Brijesh Dixit, Indian expressPune Metro would cover 30 stations spread over two corridors covering a total length of approximately 33.1 km. (Representational)

MahaMetro, which is implementing the Pune Metro project, expects to flag off the maiden trip of the Metro service from PCMC headquarters in Pimpri in either January or February next year.

At a press conference on Tuesday, MahaMetro officials said the work between PCMC headquarters in Pimpri and Phugewadi will be completed in next two months after which they plan to run the city’s first Metro train on a daily basis. “There are five stations between Pimpri and Phugewadi. Work on two stations is completed. The remaining will be completed in next two months. We have not fixed a date for starting the service yet. But after two months, we plan to start the service,” said Metro spokesperson Hemant Sonawane.

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Pune Metro comprises of 30 stations spread over two corridors which run over a total length of approximately 33.1 km. The 17.4 km Line 1 from PCMC to Swargate corridor has a 6 km underground stretch from Shivajinagar to Swargate. The 15.4 km Line 2 is elevated from Vanaz to Ramwadi.

Officials said the work of Pune Metro is going in full swing. 65 per cent of the Pune Metro has been completed and soon the priority sections will be operational for passengers. These priority sections are Sant Tukaram Nagar to Phugewadi and Vanaz to Garware College. The complete Pune Metro project will wind up by December 2022, said MahaMetro executive engineer Atul Gadgil.

Pune Metro from its inception stage has taken various green initiatives to protect and conserve the environment. Large scale use of solar power, water harvesting, biodigesters, plantations of trees, and green buildings are some of the notable initiatives. Pune Metro has not cut a single tree that came in the way of Metro alignment, officials said.

“Pune Metro took extraordinary efforts to transplant the trees which were coming in an alignment way through innovative root-ball technology. Trees were planted in various gardens and premises made available by local authorities. Pune Metro has so far transplanted 2261 trees. Apart from these, Pune Metro has planted more than 15,000 new trees at various locations in and around Pune city. More than 80 per cent of trees have survived after transplant,” officials said.

Reach 1 physical progress is 83.12 per cent and Financial Progress is 79.50 per cent. For Reach 2 physical progress is 95.8 per cent and Financial Progress is 87.4 per cent and for Reach 3 overall 55 per cent of work is completed. Sant Tukaram Nagar Station work is completed and Phugewadi station work is 90 per cent completed. The priority section I (Sant Tukaram Nagar to Phugewadi) and section II (Vanaz to Garware College) work 50-60 per cent completed. 80 per cent of the tunnelling work is completed. Electric OHE work is 50 per cent completed. The Range Hill depot work is 83 per cent completed whereas 90 per cent of Hill view park depot work is completed, officials said.

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