Pune Ring road set to get economic corridor status

Maharashtra Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the state government wants the proposed eight-lane, 128 km ring road around Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to be developed as an economic corridor by integrating tourism, industrial and agri-based activities.

Fadnavis said the government would consider both the proposals submitted by the PMRDA and the PWD. While executing the project, the state would ensure that there is no overlapping of stretches in the proposals submitted by the two agencies. The CM was speaking to reporters after a PMRDA meeting chaired by him.

Fadnavis said the government had constituted a committee comprising principal secretaries of the urban development department and the PWD, and officials of MSRDC and PMRDA to look into the proposals. This committee will decide on the stretches to be developed in the jurisdiction of respective departments. “The proposed ring road is being designed in such a way that it will have a provision for metro rail,“ he added.

The CM said the main aim of the ring road was to provide better connectivity and have a comprehensive development around Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.

Earlier during the meeting, Fadnavis sanctioned Rs.799.65 crore annual budget (2017-18) of the PMRDA. He said the budget had substantial provisions for the ring road and Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar metro rail, which is being developed by the PMRDA. Guardian minister Girish Bapat, during the meeting, instructed officials to make provisions for hospitals and rest rooms at every 15 km of the ring road. “Agencies should also develop feeder routes along with the ring road and remove all encroachments that have cropped up on the path of the ring road,“ Bapat added.

PMRDA chief Mahesh Zagade said the ring road would not have any traffic signals. 

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