The Pune Metro is planning its phase 2 corridor for which it would conduct a door-to-door survey amongst residents of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad to seek their opinion about public transport and preferences for ridership estimation. The survey will be carried out by an agency of Pune Metro and will be held across various households, residential societies, offices, commercial establishments, big and small businesses, schools and colleges, etc.
Officials said that the MahaMetro is preparing a DPR for extensions of its existing 33. 1 km metro lines (phase 1). The phase 2 corridors would be approximately 82. 5 km long encompassing Vanaz to Chandni Chowk (1. 5 km), Ramwadi to Wagholi (12 km), Hadapsar to Kharadi (5 km), Swargate to Hadapsar (7 km), Khadakwasla to Swargate (13 km) and SNDT to Warje (8 km).
Officials said that after the report was prepared, it would be submitted to the authorities for necessary approvals. To facilitate the study, the survey was being conducted and Metro officials urged citizens to be cooperative and collaborative during the survey process.
The phase 1 of the Pune Metro is nearing completion and soon a few sections would be opened to the public. With extension of the new corridors, the MahaMetro aims to connect Pune from east to west and north to south, thus providing its citizens a safe, comfortable and timely travel in the city.
Regarding the extension of the Swargate to Nigdi corridor, Hemant Sonwane, general manager, public relations department of MahaMetro, said, “The extension of Swargate to Nigdi corridor has already been sanctioned. It is included in the planning of the second phase. After the DPR is complete, it will be submitted for approval to the civic bodies, state and central governments. Once approved and funds allotted, the work will begin in eight to 10 months. ”