The VANAZ to Ramwadi Corridor of Pune Metro, one of the two routes where work will begin soon, will be an elevated track which will cover 14.9 kilometres. This corridor will require less time and money than Corridor One, from Pimpri to Swargate. The completion cost of the project, however, will be slightly different than the cost proposed by the committee headed by E Sreedharan, former managing director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, said officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
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“The entire Vanaz-Ramwadi Corridor remains elevated, as was proposed originally. The total cost of this corridor is Rs 3,849 crore, less than half of Rs 7,628 crore – the estimated cost of the Pimpri-Swargate Corridor – although the former is just 1.6 kilometres shorter. The reason is the difference in elevation of the two corridors. The Pimpri-Swargate Corridor is underground for as much as one-third of its entire length of 16.6 kilometres, while the Vanaz-Ramwadi Corridor is entirely elevated. This will save a lot of construction cost,” said a PMC official.
Now that the project has received approval from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Union Cabinet, it will require the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV). The state government plans to reconstitute the existing Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) — a joint SPV of the central government and the Maharashtra government — into the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) for implementation of all Metro projects in Maharashtra, outside the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This will include the first phase of the Pune Metro Rail Project.
According to the Detailed Project Report, once the SPV is formed, the next stage is the appointment of a general consultant, followed by the process of issuing tenders, procurement of equipment and execution of work, which will pave the way for the completion of the project within an estimated period of five years. The testing and commissioning process will start in the fourth year, as various Metro stretches near completion, said officials.
As per the DPR prepared by the committee, the second corridor will start at the Kothrud Kachra depot.The project will require acquisition of land for the construction of stations, entry and exit structures, traffic integration facilities, radio towers and depots, said officials.
“The alignment for this corridor has been chosen in such a way that it remains mostly within government land. However, at certain locations, land acquisition will become inevitable for the construction of depots, radio towers and station buildings. The cost of this project, as per the initial DPR estimate, is Rs 282 crore, whereas the same for Corridor Two is Rs 503 crore,” said an official.