Pune: HCMTR snippets

The Pune Municipal Corporation has established a separate cell to ensure faster execution of the 36-km long High Capacity Mass Transit Route project and has allotted additional staff for it.

Besides, the civic body has also extended the deadline for submitting bids for appointing the agency for project execution. The deadline, which was to end on Tuesday, has now been extended by a week. So far, about seven international bidders have shown interest in the project.

The HCMTR is a six-lane elevated inner ring road, which is expected to decentralize traffic movement in the city’s core areas as well as in that of the outskirts. “The separate cell is looking after the demarcation of road alignment and acquisition of land required for the project,” officials from the civic road department said, adding that they were in the process of gathering details pertaining to land acquisition.

The officials said two options were being considered to develop the HCMTR — the hybrid mode and construction by design-build-finance-operate-transfer method. “The bidders can submit their proposals for any of the two options or both. An execution plan will be chalked out after scrutiny of the proposals. Last date for submission of proposals is May 21,” an official said.

The general body of the PMC approved up to 4 FSI along the HCMTR in about 500-metre radius four months ago. There was also a plan to execute the project in two phases. In initial phase, an elevated road would be developed, while the administration will shift service lines and construct ramps in the second phase. The civic administration presently has 50% of the total required land for the project in possession.

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