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Pune Metro makes first trial run on Vanaz-Ramwadi route, may open to public by November

Maha-Metro MD hopes to make the metro rail public on a 5-km stretch from Vanaz to Garware College by October-November.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: July 30, 2021 11:10:27 pm
Pune metroThe trial run without passengers was officially flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also Pune district’s guardian minister.

Gearing up to launch its service in October or November this year, Pune Metro on Friday successfully carried out the first trial run on a 3-km stretch from Vanaz to Anandnagar, on the route that will go all the way to Ramwadi.

“We hope to make Metro train operational and open to the public on a 5-km stretch from Vanaz to Garware College by October-November,” said Brijesh Dixit, managing director of Maha-Metro, the agency in charge of Pune Metro project.

The trial run was officially flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday morning.

Pawar said 60 per cent of Metro rail work has been completed and the remaining work will also be expedited by Maha-Metro. “The PMC should take the initiative for extension of the underground Metro route from Swargate to Katraj as an elevated Metro rail is not possible on the stretch. Similarly, the Metro route should be extended from Vanaz to Chandni Chowk, Ramwadi to Wagholi,” he said, adding that the plan was to create a network of Metro routes in and around the city.

Incidentally, in its draft development plan released on Friday, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority has proposed to build a network of 10 Metro routes, among other infrastructural developments.

Earlier, Pune Metro had carried out a trial run on the 6-km stretch from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Phugewadi, on the route to Swargate.

The Pune Metro project is being executed by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, or Maha-Metro. It is developing two routes in the city – a 16.6-km-long route from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate, and a 14.7-km-long route from Vanaz to Ramwadi.

The Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate route is an elevated one from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Shivajinagar, and then underground till Swargate. The Vanaz to Ramwadi route will be a completely elevated one.

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