The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city on Saturday for the first anniversary celebration of the launch of the smart city mission and inauguration of smart city projects has raised hopes of getting the much-awaited Pune metro rail on track with the Union urban development department holding a pre Public Investment Board (PIB) meeting on Thursday to discuss the proposal.
“The pre PIB meeting to discuss the Pune metro rail proposal has been called on June 23 in Delhi. We have been following up the matter with the Union government,” said mayor Prashant Jagtap, expressing hope that the Union government would speed up the process to clear the project.
“I have urged the Union government to start the process of funding so that no time is wasted in implementation,” Jagtap added. Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said the civic administration is prepared to present all necessary details about the Pune metro rail in the meeting.
The proposal would then be taken up in the PIB meeting after which it would be tabled in the Union cabinet for final approval. There has been a delay in getting approval due to various reasons. In 2009, the DMRC first submitted the proposal, estimating the project cost to be Rs 7,984 crore, which was later revised to Rs 11,522 crore for two routes—16.59 km from Swargate to Pimpri-Chinchwad and 14.92 km from Vanaz to Ramwadi.