Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said the cabinet would soon approve the Pune-Nashik semi-high speed corridor project to ensure that its work started as early as possible.
The ministry of railways approved the project last month. Pawar held a meeting to discuss the project with the authorities of the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited. “A presentation on the project was made before Pawar as well the MLAs present,” a source in the MRIDC said.
The cost of the project has been pegged at Rs.16,039 crore. The length of the corridor would be around 235.15 km.
The travel time from Pune to Nashik would be an hour and 45 minutes once the semi-high speed corridor is ready. The MRIDC will be developing some high speed trains, which will ply on the corridor with regular trains. The high speed trains will initially have six coaches and run at a speed of 200 kmph.
The corridor will pass through Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik, providing connectivity to industrial zones such as Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar and Narayangaon, among others.