Though the Maharashtra cabinet approved the ambitious Metro rail project for Pune on June 7, the state government is yet to bring out a government resolution (GR) in this regard.
Failure of the state government to promulgate the GR has thrown a roadblock in the way of the proposal which was supposed to be sent to the central government for approval next year.
The reason for the delay in circulating the GR is that the urban development department of the state government has been preparing notations on the Metro rail decision for the last 2.5 months.
Following the finding that the car depot of the proposed Metro rail project and Shiv Shrushti Museum (Shivaji memorial) cannot co-exist at the Kothrud garbage depot, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has promised the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) that it will re-examine the plans to see whether the memorial and the car depot can co-exist.
The Kothrud garbage depot is reserved for the Metro rail car depot and the Shivaji memorial.
The PMC had asked the DMRC whether it was possible to integrate both the plans.
According to a letter sent to the PMC by the DMRC, the latter is re-examining the whole proposal keeping the two plans in mind.
Earlier, in a letter dated March 29, the DMRC had mentioned that there was no alternative to the depot land proposed on the premises of Agriculture College unless the alignment is extended up to Nigdi in Pimpri-Chinchwad area, where a large area belonging to the defence ministry is lying vacant.
The Maharashtra cabinet on June 7 had approved the Metro rail project for Pune. The 15-km-long Vanaz-Ramwadi Metro rail corridor will be constructed in the first phase of the project at a cost of Rs2,593 crore. Pune’s Metro saga had undergone another U-turn when it was decided that the first phase of the project would be elevated.
The Swargate-Pimpri Chinchwad phase of the Metro project will cost Rs5,391 crore, while the Kothrud-Ramwadi section would cost Rs2,593 crore.
The second phase of the project will be 44-km-long covering Shivajinagar-Hinjewadi-Deccan-Bundgarden-Swargate-Katraj-Pimpri Chinchwad and Nigdi. The project will be completed in 5 years, including three years of construction time.
Seems like Pune is Prithviraj Chavan's step child....no substantive movement on the PMRDA, Ring Road, Metro, Airport, BRTS, BDP, Pune - Mumbai leg of the high speed train corridor.....