Pune’s Kothrud garbage land metro depot work 30 per cent complete
Maha-Metro has planned to start metro trials on priority basis on two sections; tunnel boring machine expected to reach city by October 15Updated: Sep 17, 2019 16:53 IST
The metro depot work at the Kothrud garbage land is 30 per cent complete as on Monday, according to officials of the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha-Metro). The work at the Range Hills metro depot is also in progress and officials are confident to commence the trial metro rail operations by December 2019.
Maha-Metro has planned to start metro trial on priority basis on two sections — from Pimpri to Dapodi and Vanaz to Garware college.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the deadline of December 2019 to start the metro trial, Maha-Metro is focussing on these priority sections, said officials.
Metro officials said that it is a challenge to start the operations by December, but they are only concentrating on the two priority sections. The station box will be ready by December.
Atul Gadgil, Maha-Metro official, said, “Maha-Metro has planned to finish the underground metro work in the next two years. By the end of December 2021, the underground section between Range Hills and Swargate will be ready for operations.”
The Maha-Metro will also be erecting a facility to clean the metro rail and conduct its physical inspection at Vanaz depot which will be named Hill View.
Metro officials confirmed that the tunnel boring machine (TBM) is expected to reach Pune via Mumbai port by October 15, 2019. A tunnel boring machine is used to excavate tunnels through soil and rock. The machine is procured from German major Herrenknecht AG, from its manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China.
Maha-Metro has also planned to undertake commercial development at Kothrud garbage land and Range Hills depots with the help of public-private partnership. Process for the same will be initiated soon, confirmed the officials.
Residents will be able to use metro stations as foot overbridges to cross roads
Residents will be able to use elevated metro stations as foot overbridges in the city and will not need to take any ticket for the same. These stations would have elevators and escalators, according to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha-Metro).
Maha-Metro has confirmed that they will be developing metro stations within one-kilometre distance on all metro routes. According to the Maha-Metro officials, residents will be able to use the metro stations as foot overbridges to cross roads from level one of the stations.
Atul Gadgil, executive director, Maha-Metro, said, “The residents can use the metro stations as foot overbridges for crossing the roads. The level one of metro stations will not have tickets.”
Maha-Metro is carrying out the metro work on two corridors — Pimpri to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi.
Gautum Birhade, executive director, Maha-Metro, said, “Residents can move around on metro stations though they will have to purchase tickets to travel by metro.”
All the metro stations will have elevators and escalators. People can use these escalators for reaching on level one and level two. Even these stations can be used as foot overbridges. In this way the city will have an ample number of foot overbridges for crossing the roads, said Maha-Metro officials.
First Published: Sep 16, 2019 22:25 IST