Opposition to project gathers steam,activists say they will move court
With the state government giving its nod for the Metro rail project on the 15-km Vanaz-Ramwadi corridor,according to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC),the number of commuters using the service is expected to touch 4.77 lakh by 2021. However,opposition to the project continues with Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan alleging that the government approach was undemocratic and it would seek intervention of court.
The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for the Vanaz-Ramwadi route,to be operational in five years. It also agreed on setting up special purpose vehicle,Pune Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC),for the project. The route will be entirely elevated with 15 stations. The maintenance depot would be at Kothrud depot.
According to DMRC report,if the Metro rail was introduced in 2009,the number of commuters by 2011 would have been 2.89 lakh by optismitic estimates,while the most conservative estimate pegged the figure at 1.36 lakh riders. By 2021,the number of commuters would go up to 4.77 lakh. In 2031,the number of commuters using Metro rail is estimated to be 5.92 lakh.
It takes at least 75 minutes to cover the distance by road. The Metro will run at 31 kmph and is likely to cover the distance in just half-an-hour, said a civic officer.
Girish Deshpande of Pune Metro Janjagruti Abhiyan said architects,urban planners,environmentalists,railway technical experts,Metro planners and engineers,industry representatives and NGOs have been urging the PMC and state to set up a forum wherein techno-commercial and environmental feasibility issues could be studied.
The state has not been inclusive in its approach. It has approved the ill-planned project based on the ill-conceived,inadequate and non-conforming DPR submitted by DMRC. The state governments approach has been undemocratic, he said.
On the other hand,political parties have started taking credit for the project getting the nod. In a statement,city MP Suresh Kalmadi said his efforts of 12 years have yielded results. Now,efforts should be on to get the Centre to sanction funds for the project. I will take it up with the department concerned, he said.